Bill White has a new post challenging the recovering community to be more pluralistic and let go of notions that there is one path to recovery:
Embracing recovery pluralism is not an embrace of recovery relativism in which opinions and preferences completely dominate facts. To be tolerant of the varieties of recovery experience is not to say we must blindly accept all proffered approaches to recovery as equal. All must be subject to investigation and all held accountable for recovery outcomes. Recent efforts to define recovery have focused on three essential elements: 1) the resolution of alcohol and other drug problems (most often measured by enduring abstinence), 2) improvements in global health (e.g., physical, emotional, relational health; quality of life and functioning), and 3) positive community reintegration (citizenship). All proposed pathways to recovery must be accountable for the degree to which they facilitate or fail to facilitate change across these three zones of recovery experience. That accountability comes through the experiences of individuals, families, and communities as well as through the rigor of scientific studies. At the moment, no recovery approach has outcomes so high as to warrant the claim of being THE recovery pathway.