Take the Drug Addicts Out to the Hospital Parking Lot and Shoot Them

If the title does not repulse you, I think there may be something wrong with you. That is the point of this post. The headline is what a medical professional told former Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs Gary Tennis when he asked the person what should be done with people … Continue reading Take the Drug Addicts Out to the Hospital Parking Lot and Shoot Them

Healing Moral Injury in our SUD Community & Care Service System

In late April, I wrote a piece on moral injury in our SUD care system. Moral injury, as identified in this Scientific American article is the psychic fallout of “morally injurious events, such as perpetrating, failing to prevent, or bearing witness to acts that transgress [one’s own] deeply held moral beliefs and expectations.” It would … Continue reading Healing Moral Injury in our SUD Community & Care Service System

2001 St Paul Recovery Summit Blog Series – Article 2

David Whiters, PhD - Reflections on the historic 2001 Recovery Summit in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the start of the New Recovery Advocacy Movement Forward: In taking on this project to document individual accounts of the historic 2001 recovery summit in St Paul I began to ask around about who attended the summit and how … Continue reading 2001 St Paul Recovery Summit Blog Series – Article 2

Will We Ever Steer Towards A Favorable Sea Change and Strengthen Recovery Efforts?

This week I ran across a wonderful STAT News article by Dr David Eddie and Dr John Kelly “People recover from addiction. They also go on to do good things,” it was published a few days ago.  One of the motivators for me writing  this blog article is to draw attention to it in hopes … Continue reading Will We Ever Steer Towards A Favorable Sea Change and Strengthen Recovery Efforts?

Attempting to Strengthen Recovery Capital Against a Tide of Disenfranchisement

My organization, PRO-A recently joined 36 other state and regional recovery community organizations across America and sent this letter to Congress to educate them on the woefully inadequate funding for grassroots recovery community organizations. Disparate funding is the norm even as Billions of supplemental dollars flow out to the states. Even when these allocations specifically … Continue reading Attempting to Strengthen Recovery Capital Against a Tide of Disenfranchisement

Reflections on the historic 2001 Recovery Summit in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the start of the New Recovery Advocacy Movement Article One – The Thoughts of Recovery Historian Bill White

Background: History is incredibly important to how we understand ourselves, where we came from, where we stand now and to assist us in determining our pathways forward. Few things are more important to me than understanding the New Recovery Advocacy Movement and to support efforts to move us towards an expanded recovery community across America.  … Continue reading Reflections on the historic 2001 Recovery Summit in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the start of the New Recovery Advocacy Movement Article One – The Thoughts of Recovery Historian Bill White