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(……)

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(……)