PEOPLE IN the recovery community ARE THE EXPERTS on recovery community

"Strengthening recovery community is a critical element in the revival of American community. Recovering people become engaged citizens which benefits all society. As Bill White, Pat Taylor and Carol McDaid note in there 2010 paper Recovery and Citizenship, we become involved in volunteerism, with our own families and reconnect with meaningful activities as citizens. Citizenship is central to the recovery identity."

Residential Treatment and Medications for Opioid Use Disorder

An open paper published by the Journal of the American Medical Association this month berates residential treatment providers for not following guidance on the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). A study with impressive numbers (over quarter of a million admissions to residential treatment centres in the USA) seems to me to make some errors … Continue reading Residential Treatment and Medications for Opioid Use Disorder

What’s good for the goose isn’t always good for the gander

I mentioned a few minutes ago in a text that I’m writing my first blog for Recovery Review.  The text back asked “what’s it about?” “It's about guilt,” I texted.  “Guilt because Jason started this blog in October.  He asked me to be a contributor and I have yet to contribute.” For a couple months … Continue reading What’s good for the goose isn’t always good for the gander

Investing in Community Recovery Capital – it is beyond time to do the right thing

  There is a famous quote - “Americans Will Always Do the Right Thing — After Exhausting All the Alternatives” often credited to Winston Churchill. I have been thinking about the quote as it relates to the narrative around deaths of despair and the erosion of social connections, hope and purpose. These deaths are often … Continue reading Investing in Community Recovery Capital – it is beyond time to do the right thing

What does it mean to be recovery-oriented?

In recent months I've been spending a lot of time working with systems, caregivers and patients with severe and persistent mental illness. I've been thinking a lot about the role of recovery and what a recovery orientation looks like in that context. I stumbled upon the University of Melbourne's recovery library and, under the category … Continue reading What does it mean to be recovery-oriented?