News About Addiction, Recovery and Advocacy

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The Medication Access & Training Expansion Act (MATE) and what you need to know!

November 1, 2019

The Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act, aims to ensure all Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) controlled substance prescribers have a baseline knowledge of how to prevent, identify, treat, and manage patients with substance use...

What is your candidate’s stance on Mental Health & Addiction?

October 29, 2019

We all have the right to choose a candidate that we believe in, but sometimes we aren’t sure if their ideals align with ours. The group Mental Health for US sent out a survey to...

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Faces and Voices’ Public Comment on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: 42 CFR Part 2

September 24, 2019

  Submitted via E-Rulemaking Portal September 24, 2019   The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Attn: Suzette Brann, SAMHSA 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 13E01B Rockville, Maryland...

Mama’s in Recovery: Alannah’s Story

June 13, 2019

Meet Alannah, our November “Mama’s in Recovery” feature story.  Alannah took the time to sit down with Faces & Voices of Recovery to share a bit of her recovery journey. Alannah Gout is the mother...

A Rendezvous with Hope

June 12, 2019

Original Blog Date:  May 30, 2014 Vern Johnson then came along and convinced us we could raise the bottom through a process he called intervention.  Staging such interventions within families and the workplace was something of...

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...


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...