In 2004, I penned an essay that opened with the following sentences:  “Something is reawakening inside America. People whose stigmatized condition left them hiding alone or cloistered in subterranean subcultures are stepping into the light to tell the stories of their wounds and their redemption. They are offering their time, talents, and testimonies to address(……)

My 2009 monograph outlined in considerable detail the history, theory and status of peer recovery support services (PRSS) in the United States.  In the years since the monograph’s publication, voluntary and paid recovery support services have dramatically increased in the US and internationally.  Such growth has recently prompted me to reflect on the pre-professional days(……)

Parents who have lost children to addiction are speaking publicly in unprecedented numbers.  Their stories provide a biting critique of addiction treatment as a system of care–and suggestions that addiction treatment has yet to operate as a “system of care”.  They also provide painful accounts of how fiscal gatekeepers operate to restrict access to care(……)

In 2005, my colleagues Christy Scott, Michael Dennis, Michael Boyle and I co-authored an article entitled It’s Time to Stop Kicking People out of Addiction Treatment.  The latest (2002) data then available confirmed that 18% (288,000) of all persons admitted to specialized addiction treatment in the U.S. were administratively discharged (“kicked out”) prior to treatment(……)