For those who believe in the power of prayer, the Serenity Prayer, in its simplicity, serves very well. As we begin a new year and new decade, focus on four of its words: accept, courage, change, and wisdom, with emphasis on wisdom. Wisdom has many definitions, accumulating learning being one. I have often stated what…

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My title for this blog came to me when recalling a presentation by Tom Hill several years ago at an Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO) conference. Tom served for four years as Director of Programs at Faces & Voices of Recovery. It was my early introduction to the vital and emerging role of peers…

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Group hiking mountain servant leadership

“A noble leader answers not to the trumpet calls of self promotion, but to the hushed whispers of necessity.” Mollie Marti Servant leadership is a model of leadership that focuses on the growth and well-being of the communities that are served. The servant leader shares power, puts others’ needs first, and helps the development and…

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Picture of drugs and harm reduction strategies

Harm reduction isn’t explicitly a pathway of recovery — although some do identify that way — it is however, a health strategy aimed toward reducing the harm associated with drug use. One of the most established organizations that advocates for harm reduction is the Harm Reduction Coalition, formed in 1993 by a working group of…

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My previous blog, titled The Power of Story came from an idea from reading John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. He wrote about storytellers and their importance to some semblance of well being in the California camps and the gatherings during the depression, drought, and dust bowls— the “dirty thirties.”  He wrote:  “And it came about in the camps that the storyteller grew into being, so that the people gathered in the low firelight to…

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Picture of leaves and recovery capital

Recovery Capital is a phrase that’s gaining in popularity as we broaden our understanding of the recovery process. However, it can feel a little academic. What does it mean in real terms?  What is recovery capital? According to author and researcher William White, the concept of recovery capital was introduced by Robert Granfield and William…

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Photo of medication-assisted treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), or medication-assisted recovery, combined with counseling and behavioral therapies, is an effective pathway to treat substance use disorders and to prevent opioid overdose.  Medication-assisted recovery is now the preferred phrase, which is considered less stigmatizing than MAT. For more information, visit our blog on language. These medications are approved by the Food…

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Signpost pathways of recovery

1 in 10 Americans — an estimated 22 million — live in recovery from substance use disorders. While it’s important to celebrate our stories of recovery, it’s equally important that we not lose sight of the fact that less than 10 percent of the  21 million Americans with SUD receive treatment. We need to continue…

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Wellness in recovery

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 for people in recovery because research shows that individuals with substance use disorders die years earlier than those without these…

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National Recovery Month

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 publicly share their stories of recovery. This visibility is crucial; it helps fight the stigma associated with addiction and increases…

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