Toward a New Recovery Advocacy Movement 2000 Redux

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 “Toward a New Recovery Advocacy Movement” and prepared a paper to share with attendees that constituted one of the first descriptions of the rise of grassroots recovery advocacy…

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The Power of Story

This blog had a prompt. Reading John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath” is a wonderful experience, to be repeated. The narrative about the Depression, caravans to California, and the description of awfulness those arriving experienced is priceless. It is even relevant in this different time and context. However, one chapter captured my attention as it spoke…

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Parable of Two Programs

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 communications and marketing machinery to assert its claim as the Alpha and Omega of addiction treatment and recovery support. Hubris…

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Beyond Recovery Exceptionalism

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 first task of the social reformer is to illuminate the humanity of those objectified and break down barriers between “they”…

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California—Still Dreaming and Scheming

I can now add shaking to the mix. Earth— be still. My family and I have returned to California after more than 20 years in Colorado. We returned to familiar surroundings in Southern California.  It also is where I began my journey on the road to long-term recovery. It continued successfully through almost 20 years in…

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World Drug Report 2018

About 275 million people worldwide, which is roughly 5.6 per cent of the global population aged 15–64 years, used drugs at least once during 2016. Some 31 million of people who use drugs suffer from drug use disorders, meaning that their drug use is harmful to the point where they may need treatment.

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Working with your State Legislature: A Guide for Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Stakeholders

This Guide offers specific strategies to help you effectively collaborate with your State legislature to raise awareness of issues impacting persons with substance use or mental health needs, to stay informed about legislative developments in your State, and to design successful strategies for mental health and substance use disorder (MH and SUD) prevention, treatment, rehabilitation…

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The New ‘Public Charge’ Rule: Impact on Populations and Stakeholders

A proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on October 10, 2018, makes several significant changes to the criteria used to determine whether an individual is likely to become a public charge. First, it changes the definition of “public charge” from “an individual who is primarily dependent on public benefits” to an individual who “receives…

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