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(……)

The practice of administratively discharging people from addiction treatment, primarily for confirming their diagnosis (via continued alcohol or other drug use) or violating rules with little nexus to addiction recovery, has a long history within modern addiction treatment.  The authors’ calls to examine and alter this practice began a decade ago and have continued to(……)

There is much that the recovery advocacy movement can learn from the LGBT rights movement of recent decades.  The latter movement is one of the most successful social movements in history as judged by the speed at which it has elicited broad changes in cultural attitudes and policies of import to the LGBT community.  We(……)

In 2005, Nature Neuroscience published a special issue on the neuroscience of addiction that summarized the advancements in unraveling the biological mechanisms that contribute to the etiology and progression of addiction to a wide spectrum of psychoactive drugs.  The technical papers included in the 2005 special issue stood as a progress report on the biological(……)

“…a disease needs to be transformed politically before it can be transformed scientifically.” –Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies (A Biography of Cancer) Ladies and Gentlemen,        As you are quickly discovering, the effects of opioid addiction on individuals, families, and communities will be a recurring issue in the 2016 Presidential campaign.(……)

Dr. Yih-Ing Hser and her colleagues (Elizabeth Evans, Christine Grella, Walter Ling, and Douglas Anglin) have just published an important review—Long-Term Course of Opioid Addiction–in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry.  Findings from their review of 28 long-term studies of opioid addiction that have particular relevance for addiction professionals, recovery support specialists, and recovery advocates include(……)

There is a near universal principle in medicine suggesting that the earlier the treatment of a health problem begins, the better the prognosis for full and sustained recovery.  Whether one suffers from traumatic injury, infectious disease, or such oft chronic conditions as diabetes, hypertension, and addiction; the timing of treatment initiation matters. Research scientists have(……)

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—landmark legislation that stands as a historic milestone in reversing the longstanding social exclusion and segregation of people with disabilities. The ADA dramatically changed the lives of people with disabilities and altered community life in remarkable ways.  The ADA, the regulations through(……)