Those of us with a personal or professional stake in the alcohol and other drug problems arena find ourselves questioning the differences between:1) people who use alcohol and other drugs (AOD) without developing a substance use disorder (SUD) versus those who develop such a disorder of great severity, complexity, and chronicity; 2) people who resolve AOD/SUD(……)

I recently posted a blog on the art of recovery noting a rising generation of fashion designers, filmmakers, poets, painters, photographers, sculptors, playwrights, actors, novelists, biographers, bloggers, comedians, songwriters, musicians, singers, dancers, scholars, teachers, and social activists who are using their talents to carry a message of healing and hope through their creative endeavors. In(……)

Leaders within the alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems arena have interrogated the terms alcohol/drug/substance “abuse” and “abuser” and concluded that such language represents the stigmatizing misapplication of moral language to a medical condition, and that such language has no scientific validity. There is growing consensus to purge the “abuse” and “abuser” language at public,(……)

A “renaissance” is a period of intense cultural renewal and innovation. Whether speaking of “The Renaissance” of the fourteen to sixteenth centuries or the “Harlem Renaissance” of the 1920s in America, such eras mark dramatic shifts in cultural values and surges in scholarly, artistic, and technological advancement. This brief essay reviews the emergence of a(……)

In 1911, sociologist Robert Michels, set forth his “iron law of oligarchy,” describing the tendency of all organizations, regardless of their democratic intentions, to move toward control of the organization by a small elite. Since then, others have pointed out exceptions to Michels’ principle, while others offered continued cautions on this tendency toward oligarchy and(……)

For more than two centuries, recovery mutual aid organizations have constituted a primary resource for individuals and families around the world seeking resolution of alcohol and other drug problems. While considerable research has been devoted to evaluating the effectiveness of religious, spiritual, and secular addiction recovery mutual aid groups, the factors that promote the rise,(……)

“All science is modeling. In all science you are abstracting from nature. The question is: is it a useful abstraction….Does it help solve a problem?” ― Michael Lewis, The PremonitionImagine realizing that you or a loved one has developed an ever-worsening alcohol or other drug (AOD) problem. Now imagine that everywhere you look to understand or(……)

“Just because you are a character does not mean that you have character.” Wolf, Pulp Fiction“A man got to have a code.” Bunk/Omar, The WireWhat is the role of character reconstruction in addiction recovery? In recovery activism? I have repeatedly returned to these questions over the course of my adult life, especially as young recovery(……)

Public employees, including those working in municipal, state, and federal agencies responsible for planning and funding of alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention and treatment services, receive more than their fair share of criticism from multiple quarters, and work within these bureaucracies can be extremely frustrating at times. But, in these organizations, windows of opportunity(……)

One of the most fascinating chapters in the history of addiction treatment and recovery in the United States is that of the private addiction cure institutes that flourished in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Ken Anderson, the founder of the international organization Harm Reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support (HAMS), has just published a(……)