Effective recovery community organizations (RCOs) seek meaningful representation of people in personal/family recovery within the decision-making venues that affect their lives. RCOs also try to prevent cultural appropriation/exploitation of the recovery experience. (See Bill Stauffer’s recent blog.) Including the voices of people in recovery is an essential but oft-neglected element within systems of care seeking(……)

Since the late 1990s, I have advocated a radical redesign of addiction treatment—one that extends the prevailing acute care model of addiction treatment to one of sustained recovery management (RM) nested within larger recovery oriented systems of care (ROSC). (See HERE for a basic primer on RM & ROSC.). RM moves beyond providing brief episodes(……)

There were many policy and service agendas that came out of the 2001 Recovery Summit in St. Paul, Minnesota—the formal launch of the new recovery advocacy movement in the U.S., but none more central than increasing recovery representation at the tables where decisions are made affecting the lives of addicted and recovering individuals and their(……)

The culture of recovery in the United States is recognized in popular and professional consciousness through its increasingly elaborate tribal organization. For more than 150 years, individuals seeking mutual support for the resolution of alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems have organized themselves into closed societies.  Recovery mutual aid societies today span an ever-growing menu(……)