For years I have been asked when recovery from alcohol or drug dependence reaches a point of durability, or put another way, “When does recovery today predict recovery for life?”  After investigating all of the scientific evidence I could locate on this question, I have regularly responded that this point of durability seems to be(……)

From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, new patterns of crack cocaine use dominated cultural headlines in sensationalized media frenzies that sociologists refer to as moral panics.  Other than cocaine-related violence, no aspect of this alarm garnered greater attention than the images of premature, cocaine-exposed infants trembling within incubators of neonatal intensive care units.  Those infants(……)

“We have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us; the labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero‑path. And where we had thought to find an abomina­tion, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another,(……)

When the first serious criticisms of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) broke into the public press in the early 1960s, many within the AA fellowship looked to AA co-founder Bill Wilson to provide a point-by-point response to the criticisms. Instead, Wilson suggested on the pages of the A.A. Grapevine (April, 1963) that criticisms of AA could be(……)

The past decade has witnessed the mass mobilization of people in addiction recovery in the U.S.  More than 100,000 people in recovery and their families, friends and allies marched in public recovery celebration events last September–something only a few years ago I could not have imagine happening in my lifetime.  People in recovery and their(……)