In 1998, Mr. Hossein Dezhakam founded the Congress 60 addiction recovery community within the Islamic Republic of Iran. Congress 60 has since grown to embrace more than 110,000 members organized within its 58 branches located within the major population centers of Iran. I have profiled the history and methods of this innovative recovery community (see(……)

We recently explored the idea of “recovery cascade”—a sudden surge in personal change that sparks recovery initiation in the heels of past efforts or a collective surge in recovery prevalence at a community or cultural level. While there are examples of the latter in U.S. history (e.g., the explosive growth of the Washingtonian Temperance Society(……)

Like the United States, the Islamic Republic of Iran has faced critical challenges from rising opioid addiction. And like the U.S., Iran has experimented with a wide variety of remedial responses, ranging from supply reduction efforts and harsh punishment of users to expansion of harm reduction, treatment, and recovery support services. The latter include the(……)