Embracing Recovery Capital Within Our Care System to Save It

There have been devastating impacts on our entire helping systems workforce over the long siege of the COVID Pandemic. Recently, I read the Ohio PHP Executive Report, the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Health and Well-being of Ohio's Healthcare Workers. The report summarizes data collected from 13,532 respondents across 13 of Ohio’s Professional … Continue reading Embracing Recovery Capital Within Our Care System to Save It

Sean Fogler and William Stauffer: How to help people who use drugs stop

SEAN FOGLER AND WILLIAM STAUFFER - AUG 15, 2022 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Op-ed Today drug overdose deaths will claim almost three hundred American lives — thanks to stigma. The labels and stereotypes so many of us use are stigma in action, and separate us from those we mark as inferior, people to avoid. We judge and discriminate, … Continue reading Sean Fogler and William Stauffer: How to help people who use drugs stop

Preaddiction as a Missing Concept in Articulating the Dynamics of Healing & Recovery

Earlier this month, Dr. Thomas McLellan, Dr George Koob, and Dr Nora Volkow published a viewpoint article at JAMA titled Preaddiction—A Missing Concept for Treating Substance Use Disorders.  It is an important piece. The concept of preaddiction could dramatically expand our intervention strategies and better help us address the horrific consequences of harmful substance use … Continue reading Preaddiction as a Missing Concept in Articulating the Dynamics of Healing & Recovery

The Recovery Alliance Initiative – System Change

So far in this series I've... covered the origin and early evolution of the Recovery Alliance Initiative; provided a description of the expansion and clarification of our model and methods; outlined a recipe we uncovered of general similarities among effective sectors; and shared a variety of our concrete practical perspectives. In the previous post I … Continue reading The Recovery Alliance Initiative – System Change

Addiction professionals? Substance use professionals? Recovery professionals?

For 28 years, an important part of my professional identity has been "addiction professional." Over that 28 years, addiction professionals have never been a very harmonious group. There have always been disagreements about things like policy, the best treatment models, credentialing, and many other controversies. Despite these disagreements, I never really questioned whether we all … Continue reading Addiction professionals? Substance use professionals? Recovery professionals?