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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,...

Believe It Or Not: Strange Tales From The History of Addiction Treatmentrom The History of Addiction Treatment

March 28, 2019

Original blog date: May 5, 2017 Efforts by professionals to “treat” alcoholism and other addictions have a long and colorful history. Alcoholics have been forced to drink their own urine and forced to drink wine...

Mechanisms of Change in Addiction Recovery

March 22, 2019

Original Blog Date: September 1, 2017 High degrees of variability in the pathways and styles of addiction recovery obscure shared mechanisms of change across such healing processes. The alcohol and drug problems arena is filled...

Recovery of Social Networks: Changing the “I” Story to “We” Story

March 14, 2019

Original post date: July 24, 2015 Over the past two centuries, addiction recovery has been understood as primarily an intrapersonal process, though recent decades have witnessed growing interest in the related concepts of family recovery and community recovery....

Recovery Checkup

March 7, 2019

Original Blog Date: March 14, 2014 The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) recently released Standards of Care: For the Addiction Specialist Physician.  The Standards outline the responsibilities of addiction medicine specialists in the areas of assessment and...

Stigma Reduction Through Contact Strategies

February 28, 2019

Original blog date: May 22, 2015 “We can be convinced logically of the need for intervention and change. But it is the story of one individual that ultimately makes the difference—by offering living proof.”  ― John...

Recovery for the Health of It

February 21, 2019

Original post date: September 28, 2013 The threats to health that occur during active addiction have been widely communicated in the popular media and in the scientific literature, but the health profile of  people in...

Research Opportunity: GAP Study

February 21, 2019

NOTE: This is the update link as of April 15, 2019: https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=MJNA4FLD9X Introduction. National surveys have given us with valuable information about rates of alcohol and other drug use, abuse and dependence. Much of what we...

Recovery Pathways Are Not Always Pathways

February 14, 2019

Original Blog Date: June 3, 2016 The addiction recovery experience has been sliced and diced in all manner of categories: secular, spiritual, and religious; natural recovery, peer-assisted, and treatment-assisted; and abstinence-based, moderation-based, and medication-assisted, to...