RecoveryBlog

recoveryblog: a blog for recovery advocates!

Our recovery advocacy blog is produced by individuals in recovery!  Here you will find commentary and personal discussions on different aspects of addiction recovery and advocacy.

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The Impact of Wellness on Recovery

September 13, 2019

The Impact of Wellness on Recovery Wellness matters. It can have a profound effect on people in recovery in terms of successful recovery outcomes and overall physical health and well-being. Overall health is especially crucial...

National Recovery Month: Let’s Build A Movement

September 6, 2019

Recovery is the expectation, not the exception — Unity Recovery, a Recovery Community Organization Each year, September kicks off with National Recovery Month — a time when we see thousands of Americans come forward to...

Non-12 Step Recovery Options

August 30, 2019

While millions of individuals may attend and recover through 12-step fellowships, like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), there is a common misconception that this is the only way to recover. But that isn’t an accurate picture of...

Sober Curious: Can We Afford to Be So Judgmental?

August 23, 2019

The term “sober curious” has been increasing in popularity in recent years. It is a movement that is gaining traction among millennials who are more health-conscious. Perhaps some have been drawn to the sober lifestyle...

LGBTQ+ Recovery Resources

August 16, 2019

LGBTQ+ Recovery Resources According to the Recovery Research Institute, it is estimated that 30 percent of LGBTQ+ individuals face some form of addiction, compared with 9 percent of the general population. However, there is a...

The recovery advocacy movement & how to get involved

August 9, 2019

The landscape of recovery has changed dramatically over the past few decades, and we have the recovery advocacy movement to thank for that. While there’s still a long way to go to help more people...

Language Matters in the Recovery Movement

August 1, 2019

Language matters. The words we use to describe substance use disorder, people using drugs, and people in recovery has the potential to cause a significantly detrimental impact in a number of ways, such as access...

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...

Posts from William White

A Lesson from Recent Vaping Deaths

September 12, 2019

Federal officials have tentatively identified the potential source of recently reported vaping-related respiratory illnesses and deaths. The culprit appears to be vitamin E acetate, a substance long used as a nutritional supplement and topical skin...

Recovery Contagion within the Family

September 5, 2019

Addiction runs in families, but far less known is the fact that recovery also runs in families. Both of these phenomena have captured my attention in recent decades and been the focus of numerous articles....

Toward a New Recovery Advocacy Movement 2000 Redux

August 29, 2019

Senator Wellstone and Representative Ramstads. 2001, Recovery Summit I was invited in 2000 to do a presentation for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Recovery Community Support Program grantees meeting. I chose for my topic...

Partial Recovery

August 22, 2019

Ernie Kurtz and William White In 2006, Ernie Kurtz and I collaborated on our first paper explicating multiple pathways and styles of addiction recovery. The article was later included in the first recovery management monograph...

Honoring Recovery Ancestors

August 15, 2019

It is all that we are: history, memory. –Walter Mosely, from John Woman I have been thinking a good deal more than usual about the history of addiction recovery in the United States. Such ruminations...

Parable of Two Programs

August 9, 2019

Once upon a time there existed two organizations pledged to offer hope and help to individuals and families affected by alcohol and other drug problems. The first, which we shall call Hubris, used its massive...

Addiction Recovery Without Treatment

August 2, 2019

A just-published review of the scientific literature on untreated remission from alcohol problems by Richard Mellor and colleagues offers insightful clues about the role of professional treatment and non-treatment resources in the resolution of alcohol...

The Irrationality of Addiction Treatment

July 26, 2019

The most cursory review of the history of addiction treatment reveals a long tradition of inadvertent harm in the name of help (iatrogenic illness). Such treatment insults span bleeding, purging, and toxic, mercury-laden medicines in...

Beyond Recovery Exceptionalism

July 19, 2019

Oppression involves objectification and rendering the targeted person or group as the ‘other.” That distinctive “otherness” is then conveyed in caricatured images that feed stigma, social exclusion, and, in its most extreme form, genocide. The...

Health Challenges In Addiction Recovery

July 11, 2019

The wide range of injuries inflicted on the human body by excessive and prolonged alcohol or other drug (AOD) use have been extensively documented for more than two centuries, but until recently little was known about...