Throughout the history of addiction in America, family members have been castigated more as causative agents and sources of recovery sabotage than as recovery resources or individuals deserving services in their own right. Given this history, it is not surprising that family members have most often found healing and purpose when they banded together for(……)

Addiction is as much a worldwide geopolitical threat as it is a public health threat.  So-called recreational drug use, addiction, aggressive licit and illicit drug trafficking, and the unintended consequences of national and international drug control policies have deeply wounded the cultural, economic, and political fabric of numerous countries and strained international relations.  Don Winslow(……)

In past communications, I have energetically objected to the marketing slogan “Treatment Works!” Professionally-directed addiction treatment of complex disorders generates highly variable outcomes that defy such simplistic claims.  So what can be said of such outcomes?  Whether we are talking about widely varying approaches to addiction treatment; participation in a secular, spiritual, or religious recovery mutual(……)

Dr. Dole always regarded methadone as a legitimate medication to normalize aberrant metabolism and thus behavior in the chronic disease of opioid addiction…Dr. Dole was always at the service of patients and advocacy groups to help resolve issues of stigma and misdirected policies…–Herman Joseph and Joycelyn Sue Woods, 2006 In 1964, Dr. Vincent Dole and(……)

I have argued for years in my publications and speeches that American media outlets contribute to the social stigma that challenges and limits the lives of people in addiction recovery.  Media coverage of recovery has historically been rare and tangential—usually conflated with active addiction and addiction treatment. Recovery is portrayed as an exception to the(……)

  A day is coming when we will gather at state capitals and in our nation’s capital and you will see recovering people in every direction as far as the eyes can see–all offering themselves as LIVING PROOF that recovery is not just a possibility but a living reality.—October 6, 2001 In October 2001, addiction(……)

  Introduction Exploring the sociological concepts of “courtesy stigma” and “dirty work” affords important insights into how the addiction-related social stigma gets acted out within and between individuals and organizations within the addiction treatment and recovery support arenas.  This essay explores how socially-induced shame serves as a catalyst for a number of destructive dynamics within(……)