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On taking our language from In-house to the Outhouse…

June 30, 2015

Years ago, while sitting around the table at a regular 12-Step meeting that I used to regularly attend, I would inwardly cringe when one person in particular at that meeting was called upon to speak:...

Reflections on Teaching the Recovery Peer Services Model

June 21, 2015

Corresponding to the ten-year rise of a powerful grassroots recovery advocacy lobby, we’re also seeing a growing nationwide network of recovery community centers providing practical and vocational services in an environment characterized by activist Tom...

On The Role of Peers in Addiction Recovery

June 10, 2015

Do peers have a unique way of connecting with clients? As the treatment of addiction moves inexorably toward inclusion in the larger healthcare system, with its standards of evidence-based care, there is also a movement...

The Top Five Ways to Sabotage Your Loved One’s Recovery

May 26, 2015

Let’s count down on the top ways you can sabotage a loved one’s recovery, starting with: #5 LOOK ON THEM AS DAMAGED GOODS “Well, he’ll never get a decent job with that on his record.”...

Stand up, stand out, speak out, and be proud about it

March 20, 2015

I’m Merlyn Karst. After a long and successful career in corporate America and while living in California, I retired in the late eighties. I then worked as a consultant and dealt with my own issues...

Faces & Voices of Recovery: The Journey Continues

March 20, 2015

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Words of Blame, Words of Shame

March 4, 2015

I hate the words. Enable. Enabler. Enabling. “He wouldn’t be in so much trouble if his parents didn’t enable him.” “She’s an enabler.” “I feel sorry for that family – they’re constantly enabling her.” They...

The Use of Technology In Advancing Recovery Efforts

February 19, 2015

Most of us have become familiar with the concept of modern technology as a “double-edged sword”. Although we find many wonderful benefits in possessing a smart phone, tablet, computers of various forms, or gaming devices,...

“Do We Need the Abuse?”

February 6, 2015

William White’s 2006 work The Rhetoric of Recovery Advocacy: An Essay on the Power of Language is a powerful paper that suggests an essential focus for our recovery community work. He analyses the impact of...

Fighting the Stigma of Addiction

January 21, 2015

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