Today, women in addiction recovery are visibly leading and supporting recovery advocacy organizations, and they are speaking at and participating in national and local public recovery celebration events. Such actions rest on the legacy of the first women who challenged the discrediting images linked to addicted women. This brief photo-essay begins with the story of(……)

In 2005, Nature Neuroscience published a special issue on the neuroscience of addiction that summarized the advancements in unraveling the biological mechanisms that contribute to the etiology and progression of addiction to a wide spectrum of psychoactive drugs.  The technical papers included in the 2005 special issue stood as a progress report on the biological(……)

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—landmark legislation that stands as a historic milestone in reversing the longstanding social exclusion and segregation of people with disabilities. The ADA dramatically changed the lives of people with disabilities and altered community life in remarkable ways.  The ADA, the regulations through(……)

This week’s blogs is the third of a continuing meditation on stigma, recovery concealment/disclosure, and its personal and social effects.  Here are some random thoughts we would like to share for your reflection. Social Effects of Concealment  Recovery concealment (“passing”) offers some level of protection to the individual, but buttresses the social conditions (e.g., public misperceptions,(……)

To Reveal, or to Conceal, that is the Question–Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to sufferThe Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,And by opposing, end them? -Shakespeare, Revised Hamlet soliloquyTo display or not to display, to tell or not to tell; to let on or not to(……)

The major media outlets have long been chastised for the content and style of their coverage of alcohol- and drug-related problems.  Such criticisms include the glamorization of drug use, the demonization of drug users, and charges that the media is complicit in ineffective drug policies.  Few have raised parallel concerns that popular media coverage of(……)