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. 


Definitions of villain generally contain the word evil. Evil is called malicious, causing misfortune, and harm. Villainy is the state of being evil. In religion, ethics, philosophy, and psychology "good and evil" constitute a very common dichotomy.

The misuse and abuse of a beneficial drug have created a national crisis. Through ignorance and/or subterfuge we ignored known brain science that told us of the possibility—if not probability—of the addictive nature of opiates. In1996, Purdue introduced OxyContin,
time released oxycodone, for chronic pain patients—marketed as non-addictive. The rest is history and history are still being tragically made.

The Idaho Association of Recovery Community Centers (IARCC) is a consortium of nine recovery centers providing a broad spectrum of recovery support services across the state’s 44 counties (37 of which are rural or frontier). Each center operates with 1.5 staff and a larger volunteer workforce (more than 23,000 volunteer hours across the centers in the past year) with an average $140,000 operating budget. Funding of the centers comes from state grants and private local donations.

Addiction counseling has become an increasingly professional and pristine affair, and service relationships reflect a more detached process than in years gone by. And yet one worries about the loss of something precious in our current fixation on the technical mastery of evidence-based counseling practices. We would suggest that this endangered precious quality is captured in a word rarely if ever written in the professional counseling journals or spoken in addiction counselor training programs. The word is LOVE.

When considering addiction in all its forms, too often there will be little understanding and a lot of blame and shame. The many voices say it’s about willpower. It is said addicts are lazy; have a moral failing; on their own, have the ability to turn their lives around; care only for themselves. And on and on—sound familiar? Familiar it may be, but so very wrong.

Missing in the media coverage of the unrelenting legions of drug overdose deaths in the United States is an equally important but less heralded story. What subsequently happens to people who experience a drug overdose but are successfully rescued through emergency medical intervention? What is their fate after they leave the hospital or other emergency care setting? New grassroots recovery community organizations (RCOs) are collaborating with first responders and hospitals to influence such outcomes.

We have covered a lot of territory within the more than 50 communications we have shared in 2017. From concerns about troubling directions in national drug policy to the prevalence, pathways, styles, and stages of personal/family recovery; we have taken time each week to explore critical issues related to addiction recovery.

Treating and supporting addiction recovery among people with histories of abuse, abandonment and loss requires, time, safety, systems stability, continuity of support, and community—a place to “be-at-home.” Assuring these ingredients will require moving from a focus on brief clinical micro-interventions to forging healing communities within and beyond the walls of addiction treatment and recovery mutual aid societies. - New Blog from Bill White & Jason Schwartz

Knowledge about the effects of addiction on families and the family recovery process has grown exponentially as a result of scientific studies and cumulative clinical experience. Among the most important conclusions to date that can be drawn from this body of knowledge are the following.

1. Alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems spring from diverse influences; unfold in widely varying patterns of severity, complexity, and duration; and are resolved through multiple pathways and styles of personal and family recovery.

The concept of karma holds that one’s fate in this life or future lives is not a random roll of the dice, but a direct product of one’s thoughts and actions. Rooted in many of the great religions and a central motif within Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, karma is mistakenly confused in popular culture with the idea of good or bad luck. In contrast, karma suggests the presence of a universal principle of justice–that the decisions one makes or the actions one takes or fails to take have inevitable consequences. This principle can be found in many popular aphorisms.

“What is the best approach to the supervision of peer recovery support service specialists within the addictions field?” is a question that, at present, remains unanswered.