Andy: Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.Red: Hope is a dangerous thing my friend, it can kill a man.–The Shawshank RedemptionIn earlier blogs, we explored the curse of low recovery expectations expressed in policy, professional, and public contexts and how those who work(……)

So it is not our job to pass judgment on who will and will not recover from mental illness and the spirit breaking effects of poverty, stigma, dehumanization, degradation and learned helplessness. Rather, our job is to participate in a conspiracy of hope. It is our job to form a community of hope which surrounds(……)

Through my early tenure in the addictions field, the question of readiness for treatment and recovery was thought to be a pain quotient.  We then believed that people didn’t enter recovery until they had “hit bottom.”  If a person did not show evidence of such pain-induced readiness, they were often refused admission to treatment.  Then(……)