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.

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...

3 Positive Reasons for Seniors to Volunteer

April 8, 2019

After a lifetime in the workforce, retirement leaves many senior citizens wondering what’s next in store. With a free schedule, suddenly they have a plethora of time, resources and flexibility that they never had before....

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...

Easy Things You Can Do to Brighten Someone’s Day

March 25, 2019

At times, it can be difficult to think of ways to give back to others. You want to make a difference, but how? Do you volunteer at another organization? Add more money to your donation?...

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...

Simple Ways Journaling Can Improve Your Life

March 18, 2019

Anne Frank once said, “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” During an incredibly difficult time in her life and within the world, Anne Frank turned to...

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....

6 Benefits of Learning Another Language

March 11, 2019

In today’s fast-paced and technological world, people from different backgrounds, ethnicities and languages are interacting now more than ever before. What used to take weeks to communicate via letter can now be accomplished in mere...