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National Night of Conversation

November 18, 2015

Growing up, I was taught that I shouldn’t use drugs. Even though others in my family had experienced problems with substance use, it didn’t spark the kind of two-way discussion that would have allowed for...

Addiction Research

November 5, 2015

National surveys have given us with valuable information about rates of alcohol and other drug use, abuse and dependence (SAMHSA, 2013). Much of what we know about addiction, however, has come from information obtained from...

UNITE To Face Addiction

October 30, 2015

Over several years, I served as Board Chair of Faces and Voices of Recovery. During many retreats and meetings we talked about someday bringing about a great assembly in D.C. My caution always was, when...

We Wouldn’t Shame Lamar Odom For A Heart Attack. Why Do It For Drug Use?

October 19, 2015

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The Challenge of Grief

October 19, 2015

“I pray to feel my feelings,” the veteran AA told me, “knowing that I will not be abandoned by myself or god.” What a prayer! Stopped me in my tracks. Over the years, I’ve passed...

On taking our language from In-house to the Outhouse…

June 30, 2015

Years ago, while sitting around the table at a regular 12-Step meeting that I used to regularly attend, I would inwardly cringe when one person in particular at that meeting was called upon to speak:...

Reflections on Teaching the Recovery Peer Services Model

June 21, 2015

Corresponding to the ten-year rise of a powerful grassroots recovery advocacy lobby, we’re also seeing a growing nationwide network of recovery community centers providing practical and vocational services in an environment characterized by activist Tom...

On The Role of Peers in Addiction Recovery

June 10, 2015

Do peers have a unique way of connecting with clients? As the treatment of addiction moves inexorably toward inclusion in the larger healthcare system, with its standards of evidence-based care, there is also a movement...

The Top Five Ways to Sabotage Your Loved One’s Recovery

May 26, 2015

Let’s count down on the top ways you can sabotage a loved one’s recovery, starting with: #5 LOOK ON THEM AS DAMAGED GOODS “Well, he’ll never get a decent job with that on his record.”...

Stand up, stand out, speak out, and be proud about it

March 20, 2015

I’m Merlyn Karst. After a long and successful career in corporate America and while living in California, I retired in the late eighties. I then worked as a consultant and dealt with my own issues...