On December 2, 2014, Margot Head and Bill Williams, parents of William Head Williams, who died at age 23 from an accidental overdose of heroin, each presented Senate testimony in support of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2014.  Video of their testimonies is available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOfmklxbMw2jZt_7h07ejmw.  Bill Williams’ testimony is shared here with(……)

In 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched a Recovery to Practice (RTP) Initiative designed to promote recovery-based practices in the delivery of addiction-related services.   The following six professional associations were funded to develop and deliver training curricula to hasten the integration of recovery and recovery-oriented concepts and practices with their respective(……)

One of the milestones in the modern treatment of addiction has been the reconceptualization of addiction as a chronic disorder on par with other chronic health problems. This seemingly fresh perspective suggested that approaches found to be effective in the management of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, asthma, and other chronic disorders might be effectively adapted(……)

The stage is set for a recovery-focused advocacy and peer support movement within the U.S. prison system.  The mass incarceration of drug offenders in recent decades, the growth of prison-based addiction treatment, the growth and diversification of prison-based recovery mutual aid, increased disillusionment with incarceration as a policy strategy of addiction containment, and the rise(……)