Between 1986 and 2003, I served as the evaluator of an innovative approach to the treatment of addicted women with histories of neglect or abuse of their children.  Project SAFE eventually expanded from four pilot sites to more than 20 Illinois communities using a model that integrated addiction treatment, child welfare, mental health, and domestic(……)

I have been delighted in recent years to witness the blossoming of a recovery advocacy movement in Canada.  Following a series of early email exchanges with Canadian advocacy leaders, I have closely followed the first public recovery celebration event in Canada (September 30, 2012; see Recovery Day Canada), the founding of Faces and Voices of(……)

In 2006, addiction journalist Maia Szalavitz published Help at Any Cost:  How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids–a well-researched and well-written review on harm in the name of help within youth boot camps, teen rehab, and other ‘get tough’ programs for children and adolescents.  Maia’s book exposed the underbelly of social policies and(……)