It is time to celebrate the lives of scientists who have moved beyond the study of addiction and addiction treatment into the frontier of addiction recovery research. Of particular note would be those scientists who have achieved a sustained focus on addiction recovery, conducted and published multiple studies in the field’s leading journals, and(……)

The principle of “equifinality,” which states that the same developmental endpoint can be achieved by many different means, applies well to addiction recovery. A single pathway model of recovery from alcohol use disorder (AUDs)—hit bottom, treatment, lifelong affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and sustained abstinence—has given way to multiple pathway models. We now know from(……)

The culture of recovery in the United States is recognized in popular and professional consciousness through its increasingly elaborate tribal organization. For more than 150 years, individuals seeking mutual support for the resolution of alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems have organized themselves into closed societies.  Recovery mutual aid societies today span an ever-growing menu(……)

The professionalization and industrialization of addiction treatment was accompanied by a number of mechanisms aimed at protecting the safety of those being served: informed consent, confidentiality regulations, program accreditation standards, background checks for volunteers and job applicants, credentialing/licensing of addiction professionals, professional codes of ethics, patient grievance procedures, manual-guided therapies, and clinical supervision, to name(……)