Can We Please Stop Saying Recovery is Possible?

Imagine this scenario. You get the terrible diagnoses of cancer, like addiction, it is terminal if left on its dreadful course unimpeded. You are in the depths of despair, facing everything this terrible diagnosis means for your life. The treating professional turns to you and says “recovery is possible. It is POSSIBLE you might survive … Continue reading Can We Please Stop Saying Recovery is Possible?

Measuring Recovery as an Outcome

This post was originally published on September 27, 2015. This post focuses on an article critically examining the use of recovery as an outcome measure by professionals. They distinguish between recovery as a process (an individual journey rather than a specific outcome – a deeply personal experience related to one’s life goals, needs, and striving) … Continue reading Measuring Recovery as an Outcome

Harm reduction AND recovery. We need both.

This post shares a few loosely connected tabs that have been open in my browser for a couple weeks. An advocate's sad end Over the years, I've expressed concern about peer supports being placed in high risk situations with inadequate training, supervision, and support. My concern has grown as the OD crisis has accelerated, along … Continue reading Harm reduction AND recovery. We need both.

Research Describes Everyone and Applies to No One

Two experiences I had that took place roughly 25 years into my clinical work combined to effectively dismantle my strict allegiance to the primacy of “empiricism” as it was taught to me, and rigorous use of “evidence-based practices” as I had been trained. I'll discuss those two experiences down below.  But a few years before … Continue reading Research Describes Everyone and Applies to No One

Addiction Professionals in the Pandemic – Bill Stauffer

This is the first of what I hope to be a regular series of interviews with addiction professionals about their work and how the pandemic has affected it. Who are you? My name is Bill Stauffer, I am a person in long term recovery living in eastern Pennsylvania. I have worked in and around the … Continue reading Addiction Professionals in the Pandemic – Bill Stauffer

Faith is given in sufficient quantities to communities

(This post was originally published on September 11, 2013) I recently listened to an interview with Nadia Bolz-Weber. There were a lot of keepers in the interview (even for a non-believer). She's described as a recovering drug addict. Her recovery shines through in this, "fake it till you make it" discussion: Ms. Tippett: So a sermon … Continue reading Faith is given in sufficient quantities to communities