Leonard Campanello, former narcotics officer and now Chief of Police in Gloucester, Massachusetts, has recently proposed three provocative ideas:  1) stop arresting people solely for their status as addicts, 2) establish the police department as a safe haven where people with substance-related problems can get linked to effective treatment and recovery support, and 3) use(……)

This week marks the 80th anniversary of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous.  A.A.’s early decades have been well chronicled in both fellowship texts and in Not-God, the scholarly history of A.A. by Harvard-trained historian, Ernest Kurtz.  Ernie and I subsequently published articles on the history of A.A. (including those posted here and here), and we(……)

The Phoenix does not mourn what lies in its ashes; the serpent does not mourn its old skin. (Arthur Frank) If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.  (Gnostic(……)

On May 14, 2015, Altarum Institute hosted a policy roundtable on community-based solutions to addiction in the United States.  Discussions that day underscore the need for passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (CARA). There are transformative moments within social movements when intense advocacy produces landmark legislation and legal decisions of enormous(……)