2015 marks the 25th anniversary of passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—landmark legislation that stands as a historic milestone in reversing the longstanding social exclusion and segregation of people with disabilities. The ADA dramatically changed the lives of people with disabilities and altered community life in remarkable ways.  The ADA, the regulations through(……)

Over the past two centuries, addiction recovery has been understood as primarily an intrapersonal process, though recent decades have witnessed growing interest in the related concepts of family recovery and community recovery. Technologies to promote recovery have targeted the individual with only token interest in interventions in larger social networks.  Three provocative discoveries challenge this(……)

There is a boundary between addiction and recovery that marks the point of reciprocal passage between these two physical, psychological, and cultural worlds.  This edge of recovery can be friend or enemy—friend when approached close enough during active addiction to hear its welcoming call, and enemy, when during recovery, we drift close enough to this(……)

“There is nothing about a caterpillar which would suggest that it will become a butterfly” – Buckminster FullerMuch of the literature on addiction recovery is focused on the past.  Recovery is portrayed through the dominant images of a prolonged addiction downfall and an equally prolonged process of retrieving those lost assets.  In reading such literature, one(……)

For those of you who have shared this journey with me, today marks the 100th recovery reflection posted at www.williamwhitepapers.com.  Here’s a recap of some of the territory we have covered. Private Grief to Public Advocacy (July 5, 2013)Critics as Benefactors (July 18, 2013)Myth, Story, and Recovery (July 23, 2013)Moral Panics, the Limits of Science, and(……)