The threats to health that occur during active addiction have been widely communicated in the popular media and in the scientific literature, but the health profile of  people in long-term recovery from substance use disorders remains something of a mystery.  While one might assume that physical and emotional health rapidly improves following recovery initiation and(……)

An important study was just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Dr. Richard Saitz and colleagues conducted a trial comparing the results of 563 persons meeting criteria for alcohol or drug dependence randomly assigned to a chronic care management (CCM) protocol or usual primary care (UPC).  The CCM approach included sustained contact(……)

On March 29, 1998, Moyers on Addiction:  Close to Home aired the second program in Bill Moyers’ 5-part PBS documentary series on addiction.  This second program, The Hijacked Brain, marked a turning point in public awareness of addiction as a brain disease.  The scientific research supporting the view of addiction as a brain disease has(……)

In the minds of the public and many helping professionals, the history of addiction recovery in the United States begins with the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous in the mid-1930s.  That view, of course, obscures the long history of pre-AA recovery mutual aid.  That earlier history spans the eighteenth century rise of abstinence- based religious and(……)

In 2001, more than 100 representatives of newly rising recovery advocacy organizations participated in a recovery summit in St. Paul, Minnesota to lay the foundation for a national recovery advocacy movement.  Visions of changing the world flourished amidst the practical details of forging what would become Faces and Voices of Recovery, but even the most(……)