While addiction and addiction recovery are often portrayed as highly intrapersonal processes, the concepts of family  recovery and community recovery suggest that larger ecosystems can be  so wounded by severe and prolonged alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems as to need a process of sustained recovery.  For a moment, let’s explore this notion in relationship(……)

Between 1986 and 2003, I served as the evaluator of an innovative approach to the treatment of addicted women with histories of neglect or abuse of their children.  Project SAFE eventually expanded from four pilot sites to more than 20 Illinois communities using a model that integrated addiction treatment, child welfare, mental health, and domestic(……)

I have been delighted in recent years to witness the blossoming of a recovery advocacy movement in Canada.  Following a series of early email exchanges with Canadian advocacy leaders, I have closely followed the first public recovery celebration event in Canada (September 30, 2012; see Recovery Day Canada), the founding of Faces and Voices of(……)

In 2006, addiction journalist Maia Szalavitz published Help at Any Cost:  How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids–a well-researched and well-written review on harm in the name of help within youth boot camps, teen rehab, and other ‘get tough’ programs for children and adolescents.  Maia’s book exposed the underbelly of social policies and(……)

One of the distinctive voices within the modern history of addiction recovery is that of Harvard-trained historian Ernie Kurtz.  Spanning the 1979 publication of his classic Not-God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous to the just-released Experiencing Spirituality (with Katherine Ketcham), Kurtz has forged a deep imprint in studies of the history of A.A. and other(……)

I recently discovered a study conducted by Valerie Purdie-Vaughns and Richard Eibach on the social psychology of symbolic firsts.  The study focused on how the pioneering achievement of a single individual from a historically marginalized group affects the self-identity, aspirations, and performance of other members of that group as well as culturally dominant attitudes toward(……)

On December 2, 2014, Margot Head and Bill Williams, parents of William Head Williams, who died at age 23 from an accidental overdose of heroin, each presented Senate testimony in support of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2014.  Video of their testimonies is available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOfmklxbMw2jZt_7h07ejmw.  Bill Williams’ testimony is shared here with(……)

In 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched a Recovery to Practice (RTP) Initiative designed to promote recovery-based practices in the delivery of addiction-related services.   The following six professional associations were funded to develop and deliver training curricula to hasten the integration of recovery and recovery-oriented concepts and practices with their respective(……)