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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...

2019 Ramstad/Kennedy Award Nomination

February 8, 2019

National Recovery Month Planning Partners CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Due Friday, April 26, 2019 Ramstad/Kennedy Annual Award FOR Outstanding Leadership BY a Single State Authority The first annual Ramstad/Kennedy Award was presented in 2008 during a...

Opioid-Affected Families and Children

February 7, 2019

Original Blog Date: July 13, 2016 CALLING ATTENTION TO OPIOID-AFFECTED FAMILIES AND CHILDREN (WILLIAM WHITE AND DR. DENNIS C. DALEY) Fresh proposals to respond to rising opioid use/addiction/deaths arrive daily, but are striking in their...

Chance, Choice, Change, Compete 

February 6, 2019

With the federal passage of the FIRST STEP Act, we finally see action on criminal justice reform! The FIRST STEP Act recently passed and was signed by the President. This was historical. For years, Congress had attempted to pass...

Addiction Treatment (By Itself) Is Not Enough

January 25, 2019

Original Blog Date: September 12, 2014 I have spent more than four decades providing, studying, promoting, and defending addiction treatment, but remain acutely aware of its limitations.  As currently conceived and delivered, most addiction treatment...

“Mama’s in Recovery” – Emilee’s Story

January 22, 2019

Meet Emilee, our January “Mama’s in Recovery” feature story.  Emilee took the time to sit down with Faces & Voices of Recovery to share a bit of her recovery journey. Emilee, now 31 years old,...

The Past Provides the Present

January 13, 2019

And it surely is a gift.  Recent blogs on this site have featured Bill White’s Blasts from the Past. Also profiles from our Recovering Moms who are in the know and in the now. I...

LGBT and Recovery Advocacy Movements (Tom Hill and Bill White)

January 10, 2019

Original Blog Date:  September 4, 2015 There is much that the recovery advocacy movement can learn from the LGBT rights movement of recent decades.  The latter movement is one of the most successful social movements...

Recovery is Contagious Redux

January 3, 2019

Original Blog Date:  January 25, 2014 Those of you who have been reading my weekly blogs these past six months will recognize two simple and enduring themes: Recovery is contagious and recovery is spread by recovery carriers.  Those notions...

Medication Patients May Find Chilly Reception in NA’s Rooms

January 3, 2019

Addiction Professional, December 27, 2018 Attending Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings had reinforced Alan Wartenberg, MD’s recovery for years, until the early 1990s when he started overseeing medical services at New England programs that offered methadone...