The worlds of addiction treatment and recovery recently experienced the loss of two giants–Dr. Ed Senay and Brother Mickey Evans.  Each represented major historical threads within the history of addiction recovery in the United States and each exerted a profound influence on the evolution of addiction treatment and recovery support services.  They also could not(……)

The concept of “wounded healer”–the idea that people who have survived illness or trauma may have special abilities to help others facing similar challenges–has deep roots within the history of addiction treatment and recovery.  During the 1980s and 1990s, the perceived value of the wounded healer was eclipsed by the growth and professionalization of the(……)

There’s something happening here But what it is ain’t exactly clear There’s battle lines being drawn Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong             –For What It’s Worth, Buffalo Springfield (1966)             Lyrics by Stephen Stills   Recovery in an age of cynicism requires seeking the less traveled path. We live in a strange era.  Pessimism seems(……)

On July 27, 2014, the New York Times Editorial Board endorsed the legalization of marijuana–the latest salvo in the cultural wars surrounding drug policy in the United States.  Debates over cannabis policy–at least the modern era of such debates–have raged for more than half a century, with arguments growing more nuanced from each side of(……)

On June 15, 2014, AAAgnostica marked its third anniversary.  As historians dedicated to documenting the growing varieties of addiction recovery experience, it is fitting that we take a moment to acknowledge this milestone within the history of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) and the larger history of recovery.   A.A. and other Twelve Step organizations exist today within(……)