In my writings to people seeking recovery from addiction, I have advocated a stance of total personal responsibility:  Recovery by any means necessary under any circumstances. That position does not alleviate the accountabilities of addiction treatment as a system of care. Each year, more than 13,000 specialized addiction treatment programs in the United States serve(……)

In 2006, Ernie Kurtz and I co-authored an essay entitled Varieties of Recovery Experience that was published in the International Journal of Self-Help and Self-Care. It was an early attempt to map the growing pathways and styles of long-term addiction recovery.  The proposition that there are multiple pathways of recovery has since become a central mantra(……)

The text, Alcoholics Anonymous, declares:  “Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now.”  That three-part story style has been ever-present within spiritual/religious/secular addiction recovery mutual aid groups and recovery autobiographies for almost three centuries.  The middle element–the catalytic event or process propelling(……)

Three recent reviews call into question the conceptualization and treatment of addiction as a chronic disorder.     Lopez-Quintero, C., Hason, D. J., de los Cobas, J. P., Pines, A., Wang, S., Grant, B. F., & Blanco, C. (2010).  Probability and predictors of remission from life-time nicotine, alcohol, cannabis or cocaine dependence:  Results from the National(……)

Few discussions within the addictions field have generated more vitriol than the extremely polarized debates between advocates of harm reduction and advocates of abstinence-based approaches to addiction treatment and recovery support.  The chasm between these ideological poles has widened over the course of my career, but there is a recent trend toward discovery of common(……)