Words are important. If you want to care for something, you call it a “flower”; if you want to kill something, you call it a “weed.” –Don Coyhis Whether alcohol- and other drug (AOD)-related problems are viewed through the lens of medicine (illnesses), psychology (habits), sociology (norms), morality (vices), religion (sins), or law (crimes) rests(……)

“There is nothing about a caterpillar which would suggest that it will become a butterfly” – Buckminster Fuller Recovery from a life-threatening condition can bring far more than the removal of pain and sickness from an otherwise unchanged life.  Confronting one’s mortality through the experiences of illness and recovery can bring unexpected gifts.  Surviving heart(……)

Philip Seymour Hoffman died February 2, 2014 of an apparent heroin overdose.  On that day, like every day in the United States, between 75-100 less known individuals also died of a drug overdose.  One of the factors distinguishing Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, other than his fame, was that the recurrence of his addiction and its(……)

Five newly posted interviews and a newly posted paper explore the birth, evolution, growing pains and growing vibrancy of the new recovery advocacy movement in the United States. This movement grew from an increased awareness that, through our prolonged cultural invisibility and silence, people in recovery have contributed to the public perception that recovery was(……)

There is an implicit assumption within prevailing models of addiction treatment that family health improves spontaneously upon recovery initiation of the addicted family member. That assumption is evident in the paucity of family-oriented treatment models and the lack of post-treatment monitoring of family functioning and family member health.  Stephanie Brown performed a great service when(……)

There is a discrepancy for each of us between the internal self and the personas we project to others.  Personal health, wholeness and integrity hinge in great measure on the degree to which these private and public selves can be brought into harmony.  That reconciliation is potentially life-saving for persons seeking the metamorphosis from active(……)