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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,...

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...