Addiction recovery is far more complex than a “happily ever after” story. Recovery contains the full spectrum of emotions, including great sadness, because life itself is filled with a rainbow of emotions. The experience of loss in recovery can come in many forms: job loss, financial calamity, fractured relationships, the death of loved ones, and(……)

The devastating effects of addiction on physical/emotional health and social functioning have been meticulously catalogued, but far less attention has been given to its toll on character and the role character reconstruction plays in the recovery process. A recent rereading of David Brook’s The Road to Character has spurred this reflection on character and addiction(……)

One of the obstacles to achieving this vision [of mobilizing rural recovery support resources] is that we have so little scientific research on addiction recovery within rural and frontier communities. Lacking such guidance, we must rely at the moment on a growing body of experiential knowledge drawn from the heart of rural communities facing this(……)