The professionalization and industrialization of addiction treatment was accompanied by a number of mechanisms aimed at protecting the safety of those being served: informed consent, confidentiality regulations, program accreditation standards, background checks for volunteers and job applicants, credentialing/licensing of addiction professionals, professional codes of ethics, patient grievance procedures, manual-guided therapies, and clinical supervision, to name(……)

Recent studies offer new insights into the prevalence and processes of remission/recovery from cannabis use disorders. When I first entered the rising addiction treatment system in the United States nearly half a century ago, there existed no clinical concept of cannabis dependence and thus no concept of recovery from this condition. In early treatment settings, cannabis(……)

Is it time for economic development as a central strategy of the new recovery advocacy movement? Liberation movements to alter the cultural status and global health of historically marginalized groups must inevitably forge pathways of inclusion into the mainstream economy or build alternative systems of economic participation.  These twin strategies achieve many goals.  They reduce the(……)

Ernest Kurtz, the Harvard-trained historian best known for his landmark works on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), spirituality, shame, and the growing varieties of addiction recovery experience, died on January 19, 2015.  The published biographical essay, obituary, and tribute I penned following Ernie’s death reviewed our prolonged collaborations and identified the import of his(……)

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” –Peter Drucker In 2003, Dr. Tom McGovern, the distinguished Editor of Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, and I published an article offering some predictions on the future of alcoholism treatment in the United States. In spite of our long tenure as students of addiction treatment history, we(……)

  Definition The New Recovery Advocacy Movement (NRAM) is a social movement led by people in addiction recovery and their allies aimed at altering public and professional attitudes toward addiction recovery, promulgating recovery-focused policies and programs, and supporting efforts to break intergenerational cycles of addiction and related problems.    Historical Context The NRAM rose in(……)

Does recovery, as a claimed new organizing paradigm within the addictions field, constitute a positive and fundamental shift in the resolution of alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems in the U.S., or is it an ephemeral “flavor of the month” that simply puts a new rhetorical face on unchanged service philosophies and practices?  It has(……)

Women for Sobriety (W.F.S) and Secular Organizations for Sobriety (S.O.S) have, respectively, celebrated their 40th and 30th anniversaries in 2015.  Each played an important role in the diversification of addiction recovery support in the United States.  There is a long and rich tradition of addiction recovery support in the United States.  Formal recovery mutual aid(……)

People evolve a language in order to describe and control their circumstances…[Language] is a political instrument…the most crucial key to identity.—James Baldwin (From James Baldwin: A Biography by David Leeming) Effective social movements rising within marginalized and stigmatized communities inevitably challenge words and images thrust upon them by the dominant culture to denigrate and denote(……)