Until recently, recovery from addiction was shrouded in public secrecy in the United States and in most other countries. Addiction has long been viewed as a personally and culturally intractable problem, and pessimism has reigned about the prospects of long-term addiction recovery.  These perceptions have been fed by the unrelenting public visibility of addiction-related problems,(……)

On June 20, 2014, a twenty-year-old was arrested in West Hollywood, California on drug-related charges–not a particularly newsworthy event give the more than 1.5 million drug arrests in the U.S. each year.  What distinguished this arrest was that the young man arrested was Indio Falconer Downey, the son of Robert Downey, Jr., whose own similar(……)