In 1987, I celebrated 20 years working in the addictions field. During those years, I perceived myself as a laborer rather than a “leader,” but an incident occurred in fall of 1987 that forced me to confront the role that was emerging for me. The incident in question involved the issue of smoking. Like most(……)

Many people in self-proclaimed addiction recovery experience compromised health and premature death due to a unique form of conceptual blindness—the failure to perceive nicotine dependence on par with the other drug dependencies they have shed from their lives. On August 23, 2013, I posted a blog noting the following 12 conclusions drawn from available scientific(……)

The threats to health that occur during active addiction have been widely communicated in the popular media and in the scientific literature, but the health profile of  people in long-term recovery from substance use disorders remains something of a mystery.  While one might assume that physical and emotional health rapidly improves following recovery initiation and(……)