Loss of Institutional Knowledge – a Critical Tipping Point in the SUD Workforce Crisis

Our substance use care system workforce has long faced very high turnover rates. One of the studies from years ago that always stuck with me as framing out the challenges and value of working in our field, was from 2003, the toughest job you'll ever love: A Pacific Northwest Treatment Workforce Survey. It identified turnover … Continue reading Loss of Institutional Knowledge – a Critical Tipping Point in the SUD Workforce Crisis

Towards More Compassionate Care for Not Just Another Medical Disorder

If effectively addressing addiction was easy and straightforward, we would have done so already. In reality, it is a multifaceted condition that defies narrow solutions. There are complex genetic and environmental factors that lend themselves more to a continuum of use, problematic use and addiction that is not consistent with either / or check box … Continue reading Towards More Compassionate Care for Not Just Another Medical Disorder

Tom Hill – Interview on Recovery Values & Government Service February – 2022

Forward – I recently learned that Tom Hill was retiring from government work and concentrating on his art, another one of his many talents. My first reaction was a feeling of abandonment. We tend to see some people and the roles that they serve almost as permanent fixtures. Tom Hill has been that kind of … Continue reading Tom Hill – Interview on Recovery Values & Government Service February – 2022

The First Step in Healing – Robin Spencer Horston of Message Carriers of Western PA

Forward – Robin Horston Spencer, MHS, MS, MBA, OWDS, RCAT is in long term recovery since 1991. She has done so very much for her community. She is well known for her collaborative efforts with churches, agencies, 12 Step communities and even ballroom dancing! Presently, she sits on several advisory boards locally, statewide, and nationally. … Continue reading The First Step in Healing – Robin Spencer Horston of Message Carriers of Western PA

No More Waiting for Godot – Lets Follow Our Addiction Care Laws 

“Nothing happens. Nobody comes, nobody goes. It's awful.” ― Samuel Beckett We have never had a care system that provides people who need help with addiction the resources they need to heal. For me, one of the most poignant lessons in how hard it is to get people what they need to heal happened with … Continue reading No More Waiting for Godot – Lets Follow Our Addiction Care Laws