On March 29, 1998, Moyers on Addiction:  Close to Home aired the second program in Bill Moyers’ 5-part PBS documentary series on addiction.  This second program, The Hijacked Brain, marked a turning point in public awareness of addiction as a brain disease.  The scientific research supporting the view of addiction as a brain disease has(……)

In the minds of the public and many helping professionals, the history of addiction recovery in the United States begins with the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous in the mid-1930s.  That view, of course, obscures the long history of pre-AA recovery mutual aid.  That earlier history spans the eighteenth century rise of abstinence- based religious and(……)

In 2001, more than 100 representatives of newly rising recovery advocacy organizations participated in a recovery summit in St. Paul, Minnesota to lay the foundation for a national recovery advocacy movement.  Visions of changing the world flourished amidst the practical details of forging what would become Faces and Voices of Recovery, but even the most(……)

For more than 150 years, specialized support for addiction recovery in the United States has rested in two cultural institutions: peer-based recovery mutual aid organizations and professionally-directed addiction treatment.  Recovery historians are noting something quite unique unfolding in recent decades:  the emergence of new recovery support institutions that do not fit the categories of traditional(……)

The suggestion that there are multiple and diverse pathways of long-term addiction recovery has evolved from a heretical statement to a central tenet of an international recovery advocacy movement. As tens of thousands of people representing diverse recovery experiences stand in unison in September’s recovery celebration events, it is perhaps time to explore and then(……)

Research on addiction recovery is quite scant compared to the volumes of research on addiction-related pathologies and clinical interventions.  Additionally, some of the most important research on addiction recovery is buried in academic journals rarely if ever read by the people who need it most–addiction treatment professionals and people needing, seeking or in recovery.  Such(……)

Helping others has been an integral part of the folk wisdom about addiction recovery for more than 250 years.  From early Native American recovery circles, early Euro-American recovery mutual aid societies and the 20th century advent of 12-Step recovery through the ever-widening menu of religious, spiritual and secular recovery pathways, the message has been clear: (……)

For years I have been asked when recovery from alcohol or drug dependence reaches a point of durability, or put another way, “When does recovery today predict recovery for life?”  After investigating all of the scientific evidence I could locate on this question, I have regularly responded that this point of durability seems to be(……)

From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, new patterns of crack cocaine use dominated cultural headlines in sensationalized media frenzies that sociologists refer to as moral panics.  Other than cocaine-related violence, no aspect of this alarm garnered greater attention than the images of premature, cocaine-exposed infants trembling within incubators of neonatal intensive care units.  Those infants(……)