“Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now.” AA Big BookStory reconstruction and storytelling have long played central roles within the addiction recovery experience. Story reconstruction—via a personal addiction and recovery narrative—uses culturally available language and ideas to make sense out of(……)

Drug-related moral panics rest so deep and so enduring within American history that they could be thought of as part of our national character. The latest focus of concern is the opioid epidemic as indicated by the more than 100% increase in opioid prescriptions, 2.5 million U.S. citizens who have a substance use disorder involving(……)

Dr. Ernie Kurtz and I, during the last years of his life, spent considerable time exploring the varieties of addiction recovery experience, including variations in the stages and styles of addiction recovery. For me, this exploration of stages and styles began in 1974 when I heard John Wallace present a paper at the Alcohol and(……)

The Connecticut Community of Addiction Recovery (CCAR) hosted its first Multiple Pathways of Recovery Conference in May of 2016. Due to travel limitations, my presentation for that conference was presented by video. (See presentation outline and video.) The second of CCAR’s Multiple Pathways of Recovery Conference will be held in Punta Gorda, Florida October 23-26, 2017.(……)

Addiction and addiction recovery are most often portrayed in the form of highly personal stories, but vulnerability to addiction and efforts to recover unfold within life-transforming or life-ending contexts. I have tried through many of my writings to illuminate these environmental influences and was struck in my recent interview with Dr. Phoebus Zafiridis his articulation of(……)

One of the central challenges in providing effective addiction treatment and recovery support services is adapting the design and delivery of such services for developmental appropriateness. This is especially true for transition age youth whose needs may not be well served in either adolescent or adult service systems. I recently announced the availability of a(……)