I’ve been watching a really interesting twitter discussion about the conceptual boundaries of recovery. One branch of the discussion got into recovery as a process and as an outcome. It reminded me of this post from 2019. Yesterday, we began to revisit the concept of recovery-oriented harm reduction. Why recovery-oriented harm reduction and not just … Continue reading Revisiting recovery-oriented harm reduction (part 2)
So . . . we’ve dusted off and reviewed my history with recovery-oriented harm reduction. We’ve also explored why I believe recovery and harm reduction should remain distinct constructs. This sets the stage to revisit and update the concept. What is recovery-oriented harm reduction? Recovery-oriented harm reduction (ROHR) seeks to address the historical failings of … Continue reading Revisiting recovery-oriented harm reduction (part 3)
Yesterday, we began to revisit the concept of recovery-oriented harm reduction. Why recovery-oriented harm reduction and not just recovery? 13 years ago, recovery-oriented harm reduction was thought of as a bridge between harm reduction and treatment or recovery. Today, in some circles, it might invite questions about why one would want to maintain a distinction … Continue reading Revisiting recovery-oriented harm reduction (part 2)
The opioid crisis, for good reason, has elevated the role and visibility of harm reduction over the last decade. This seems like a good time to revisit a concept I’ve discussed here several times over the years—recovery-oriented harm reduction. In 2003, we wrote an article about harm reduction that articulated 6 values that guide our … Continue reading Revisiting recovery-oriented harm reduction (part 1)
Between the 25 anniversary of AIDS and questions about the future of Vancouver’s safe injection center, there are tons of articles on harm reduction lately. There’s one characterizing opponents of needle exchanges as indifferent to addict deaths, another finding that a crack paraphernalia distribution program cut disease transmission but increased drug use, another proposing drug … Continue reading Recovery-Oriented Harm Reduction?
I assume the reader has heard the term “Recovery Oriented Systems of Care” and of the related clinical practices organized around what is called “Recovery Management.” Regardless, by way of review: Lately I seem to notice a trend among addiction professionals and recovery advocates. What trend do I seem to notice? It seems to me … Continue reading “Recovery Oriented Systems of Care” and “Recovery Management” are slowly becoming “Using-Oriented Systems of Care” and “Using Management”
One of the major accomplishments of the earliest stages of the New Recovery Advocacy Movement was the founding of Faces & Voices of Recovery in 2001. Pat Taylor was its first Campaign Coordinator, heading the organization from 2003-2014. One of my early memories of her is watching her facilitate meetings of the Association of Recovery Community … Continue reading Pat Taylor: A Pioneering Leader in the New Recovery Advocacy Movement
Good human relationships and social connections are potent protections against both physical and mental ill health. In an analysis involving hundreds of thousands of people researchers looked to see to what extent social relationships influenced the risk of death. They found that those who had stronger relationships were 50% less likely to die early. Loneliness and … Continue reading Peer recovery support: a bridge to hope and healing
In the first two posts of this series, I described the origin and then the early evolution of what we call the Recovery Alliance Initiative. I encourage you to go back and read those installments before you read this one on the expansion and clarification of our model and methods. Through our many conversations and … Continue reading The Recovery Alliance Initiative – Expansion and Clarification
As substance-free definitions of recovery are challenged, this article on Stanford’s substance-free student housing community made me wonder if some recovering students will find more safety and support, and have more in common with fellow students in these communities than in collegiate recovery programs (CRP) that include students whose definition of recovery includes ongoing substance … Continue reading What’s the relationship between recovery, collegiate recovery, and substance-free student housing?