“We can be convinced logically of the need for intervention and change. But it is the story of one individual that ultimately makes the difference—by offering living proof.”  ― John Capecci and Timothy Cage Eighty-year old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently commented on the changing American attitudes toward gay people: “The change in people’s(……)

In 1997, Michael Boyle, the CEO of Fayette Companies, the primary behavioral health provider in Peoria, Illinois had a visionary idea:  redesign addiction treatment based on models of chronic disease management that are emerging within primary health care.  In collaboration with Russ Hagen, the CEO of Chestnut Health Systems in Bloomington, Illinois, Mike procured funding(……)

“…in recovery, people lead full, productive and healthy lives.” Laudet, 2013, Life In Recovery Survey Scientific knowledge about addiction recovery has been based historically on short-term treatment follow-up studies, point-in-time membership surveys of recovery mutual aid fellowships, and small qualitative studies of the recovery experience.   The value of these early studies was limited by the(……)

The death of a person undergoing medical treatment is cause for serious reflection on the part of caregivers. Historically, procedures have been developed to help understand the circumstances of such deaths.  These procedures range from a focus on the person (e.g., such as a medical status review and/or psychological autopsy of the deceased patient) to(……)

Federal, state, and local behavioral health authorities have continued to embrace Recovery Management (RM) and Recovery-oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) as new organizing paradigms for addressing substance use and mental health disorders at clinical and community levels.  Much of my work over the past two decades has focused on assisting such efforts through my research,(……)

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(……)