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Photographic History of Addiction Recovery in the U.S.

Temperance Chip, 1841

Since publication of the second edition of Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America, many people have expressed their appreciation of the photos included in the new edition. These images put flesh and blood on the lives and key events that make up the history of addiction recovery in the U.S.

In response to those comments, I have devoted much of the last two years on developing a photo gallery on the history of addiction recovery in America. That gallery has now been added to my website and contains topical albums, each containing a visual chapter on the evolution of addiction recovery in the U.S. Many more albums and images will be added as additional photos are located and permission to use them obtained. In the meantime, I encourage you to explore these photographs to gain a deeper appreciation of the men and women whose lives paved the way for the recovery opportunities that touched many of our own lives and that are now available to those seeking and yet to seek recovery from alcohol- and other drug-related problems. The new Photo Gallery is available at The Selected Papers of William White / Photo Gallery Index.