As my long-time readers are aware, I occasionally take breaks from weekly blogging. That time has arrived again. During this hiatus, I encourage you to read any of the 350+ blogs you may have missed in this series. A listing/links to the recovery blogs posted to date at www.williamwhitepapers.com appears below. Thanks to each of(……)

Imagine a treatment setting that integrates time-limited reparative medication support, sustained psychological and peer-based personal and family social support, athletic competition, involvement in the arts, and community service activities. Imagine a community of recovering people whose collective goal is nothing short of the fundamental reconstruction of one’s body, mind, character, spirit, and relationships. For more(……)

As a writer and recovery activist, I spend considerable time thinking about the growing varieties of recovery experience and the state of recovery advocacy throughout the world. Below are a few brief reflections that may stimulate your own thinking about recovery and recovery advocacy.Addiction Decompression: As you enter the predatory world of addiction, you must(……)

When Mrs. Marty Mann announced the formation of the National Committee for Education on Alcoholism in 1944, she called upon local communities to establish a local alcoholism information center, a hospital-based detoxification unit, a clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of alcoholism, and “rest centers” for the long-term care of alcoholics. Since that time, and(……)

In the opening decade of the 2000s, there were calls from multiple quarters to shift the organizing center of the alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems field from a focus on addiction-related pathology and the nuances of clinical intervention to a focus on  personal, family, and community recovery (See HERE, HERE, and HERE). We spoke(……)

“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(……)

When I remember the thousands who died, many whose stories were never recorded in history, I bow my head. And when my wailing is done, I get up and carry on, not in my name, but in theirs….When you know your history, you know your value. You know the price that has been paid for(……)

Mr. Hossein Dezhakam is the founder of Congress 60, a recovery community in the Islamic Republic of Iran that has more than 100,000 members. I first met Mr. Dezhakam at an addictions conference in London nearly fifteen years ago. Our first meeting was the beginning of what evolved into an enduring friendship and numerous professional(……)

The first real-life Sherlock Holmes may well have been French criminologist Dr. Edmond Locard (1877-1966), whose 1910 seven-volume treatise on forensics laid the foundation for modern criminal investigation. Locard postulated an “exchange principle,” contending that any human contact with a person, place, or thing leaves physical traces of that encounter that can form the basis(……)

Addiction recovery unfolds within the larger context of personal beliefs—one’s view of self in relationship to the universe and the search for life meaning and purpose. Variations in personal beliefs are evident in religious, spiritual, and secular pathways/styles of addiction recovery, just as larger shifts in cultural values and practices influence recovery pathways.A recently released(……)