In 2012, I experimented with the creation of a recovery knowledge exam (See What is Your Recovery Quotient? Toward Recovery-focused Education of Addiction Professionals and Recovery Support Specialists). The 100-item test was intended to illustrate the training emphasis on drug trends, psychopharmacology, and addiction-related pathologies in marked contrast to the scant attention paid to the(……)

Is it possible we are seeing the rise of a new generation of scholar activists who combine the experiential knowledge of addiction recovery, academic excellence, and a desire to give back through recovery-focused research, writing, teaching, and advocacy activities? Over the past decade, I have interviewed many of the pioneers who made major contributions to(……)

Dr. Jesse Graham, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern California, recently solicited my help in letting people know about a research study that he is leading. Dr. Graham is studying how transformative experiences influence the resolution of significant alcohol and other drug problems. Here is his invitation to those who would be(……)

Philip Seymour Hoffman died February 2, 2014 of an apparent heroin overdose.  On that day, like every day in the United States, between 75-100 less known individuals also died of a drug overdose.  One of the factors distinguishing Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, other than his fame, was that the recurrence of his addiction and its(……)