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In Others’ Words

June 12, 2019

In previous blogs I have suggested that when I’m at a loss for words— doesn’t happen often— I use the words of others. The act of messaging is quite satisfying. I am reading a book by friend and mentor, Johnny...

Research Opportunity Alcohol Use Disorder

June 12, 2019

Introduction. National surveys have given us with valuable information about rates of alcohol and other drug use, abuse and dependence. Much of what we know about addiction, however, has come from information obtained from men...

CHAOS, ADDICTION RECOVERY, AND THE POWER OF SYNERGY

June 12, 2019

“What’s the point of a spark of light if it stands alone? The key is, and will always be, synergy.” ― Suzy Kassem People seeking help for the resolution of alcohol and other drug (AOD)...

Brain Recovery Following Alcohol Use Disorders

May 17, 2019

Since the early promulgation of addiction as a brain disease, I have warned that such a model could increase rather than decrease addiction-related stigma if not also accompanied by a parallel understanding of the neurobiology...

Recovery Cascades

May 3, 2019

Addiction recovery is best viewed as a process rather than an event, but the transition into recovery can sometimes be more a cataclysm than a product of incremental steps—more a lightning strike than a process...

Recovery: Children, Adolescents, Transition Age Youth, and Families

April 26, 2019

Considerable efforts are underway at federal, state, and local levels to extend acute and palliative care models of addiction treatment to models of assertive and sustained recovery management (RM) nested within larger recovery orientated systems...

With Justice and Liberty for…

April 12, 2019

The FIRST STEP Act was recently passed and was signed by the President. This was historical.  Federal passage of the FIRST STEP Act provides action on criminal justice reform. Ultimately, the FIRST STEP Act is...

Reflections on Long-Term Recovery

April 12, 2019

Addiction recovery is far more than the removal of drugs from an otherwise unchanged life. Recent definitions of recovery transcend radical changes in the person-drug relationship and encompass enhanced global health and social functioning. The...

Radical Hope and Recovery Initiation

April 5, 2019

Radical hope—a radiant vision of new possibilities in the face of personal or collective devastation—is the catalytic ingredient at the heart of personal transformations and successful social movements. Such hope has been spread contagiously by...

Stages and Styles of Addiction Recovery

March 31, 2019

Original post date: August 11, 2017 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,...