Dr. Ernie Kurtz and I, during the last years of his life, spent considerable time exploring the varieties of addiction recovery experience, including variations in the stages and styles of addiction recovery. For me, this exploration of stages and styles began in 1974 when I heard John Wallace present a paper at the Alcohol and(……)

The Connecticut Community of Addiction Recovery (CCAR) hosted its first Multiple Pathways of Recovery Conference in May of 2016. Due to travel limitations, my presentation for that conference was presented by video. (See presentation outline and video.)  The second of CCAR’s Multiple Pathways of Recovery Conference will be held in Punta Gorda, Florida October 23-26,(……)

Addiction and addiction recovery are most often portrayed in the form of highly personal stories, but vulnerability to addiction and efforts to recover unfold within life-transforming or life-ending contexts. I have tried through many of my writings to illuminate these environmental influences and was struck in my recent interview with Dr. Phoebus Zafiridis his articulation of(……)

One of the central challenges in providing effective addiction treatment and recovery support services is adapting the design and delivery of such services for developmental appropriateness. This is especially true for transition age youth whose needs may not be well served in either adolescent or adult service systems. I recently announced the availability of a(……)

Like the United States, the Islamic Republic of Iran has faced critical challenges from rising opioid addiction. And like the U.S., Iran has experimented with a wide variety of remedial responses, ranging from supply reduction efforts and harsh punishment of users to expansion of harm reduction, treatment, and recovery support services. The latter include the(……)

Fifty years ago, young people from all over American descended on San Francisco in what was billed as “The Summer of Love.” Historians have often portrayed this event as the detonation point of a youth-oriented, polydrug culture whose legacies continue to ripple. The Summer of Love events served as a catalyst for a new social(……)

The affluent alcoholic has always had institutions that catered to his or her needs for periodic detoxification and physical and emotional renewal. When inebriate homes, inebriate asylums and addiction cure institutes collapsed in the opening decades of the 20th century, a new social institution quietly emerged on the American landscape. This new institution was the(……)

So it is not our job to pass judgment on who will and will not recover from mental illness and the spirit breaking effects of poverty, stigma, dehumanization, degradation and learned helplessness. Rather, our job is to participate in a conspiracy of hope. It is our job to form a community of hope which surrounds(……)

In 1976, Dr. Thomasina Borkman penned a now-classic paper depicting two ways of knowing: professional knowledge and experiential knowledge. In distinguishing the two, she noted the following: “In contrast to professional information, experiential knowledge is (1) pragmatic rather than theoretical or scientific, (2) oriented to here-and-now action rather than to the long-term development and systematic(……)