In 2007, the recovery advocacy movement was progressing beyond anyone’s expectations. Thousands were marching in recovery celebration events and each year the number of new local grassroots recovery advocacy organizations grew exponentially. I was being invited to speak across the country and my advocacy essays had just been published by the Johnson Institute. From pulpits(……)

            Carry the message. And if you must, use words.                         –Dr. Robert Smith, Co-founder, Alcoholics Anonymous    What can I do to help spur the development of recovery advocacy and new recovery support services within my local community? What can I do to support the larger cultural and political mobilization of people in recovery and(……)

  Introduction Exploring the sociological concepts of “courtesy stigma” and “dirty work” affords important insights into how the addiction-related social stigma gets acted out within and between individuals and organizations within the addiction treatment and recovery support arenas.  This essay explores how socially-induced shame serves as a catalyst for a number of destructive dynamics within(……)