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(……)

In 1976, 52 prominent Americans publicly proclaimed their recovery from alcoholism as part of the National Council of Alcoholism’s Operation Understanding–a public education initiative designed to address the stereotypes and stigma attached to alcoholism.  It was a watershed moment in the history of addiction recovery in the United States., but an event that would not(……)

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Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is too often relegated to the status of stepchild of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).  NA’s unique history, culture, and distinctiveness are routinely obscured within references to “AA and other Twelve Step programs.”  For the past several years, Chris Budnick, Boyd Pickard and I have been conducting research on the history of NA, and(……)

The threats to health that occur during active addiction have been widely communicated in the popular media and in the scientific literature, but the health profile of  people in long-term recovery from substance use disorders remains something of a mystery.  While one might assume that physical and emotional health rapidly improves following recovery initiation and(……)

An important study was just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Dr. Richard Saitz and colleagues conducted a trial comparing the results of 563 persons meeting criteria for alcohol or drug dependence randomly assigned to a chronic care management (CCM) protocol or usual primary care (UPC).  The CCM approach included sustained contact(……)

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(……)