"Strengthening recovery community is a critical element in the revival of American community. Recovering people become engaged citizens which benefits all society. As Bill White, Pat Taylor and Carol McDaid note in there 2010 paper Recovery and Citizenship, we become involved in volunteerism, with our own families and reconnect with meaningful activities as citizens. Citizenship is central to the recovery identity."
There is a famous quote - “Americans Will Always Do the Right Thing — After Exhausting All the Alternatives” often credited to Winston Churchill. I have been thinking about the quote as it relates to the narrative around deaths of despair and the erosion of social connections, hope and purpose. These deaths are often … Continue reading Investing in Community Recovery Capital – it is beyond time to do the right thing
Thinking about what it means to advocate publicly for recovery. To me, this means showing that recovery is not only possible for persons with substance use conditions, but that given the proper care and support, recovery is the probable outcome for persons with a substance use disorder. As a person in long term recovery, I … Continue reading Walking the talk of recovery advocacy
We need to be really careful as medical marijuana and legalization of cannabis becomes more prevalent. We must protect our children from marketing efforts that encourage them to use drugs, including cannabis. Before I start, I want to emphasize that I do not believe that cannabis is a demon drug and will readily acknowledge that … Continue reading Marketing Marijuana to Children: Meet Stinky Steve, the Joe Camel of Cannabis
I want to call readers attention to a post on this site that really resonated with me. My colleague, Mr. Austin Brown, posted “Back to Basics 2” on January 20, 2020. If you have not read it, I encourage you to do so. He hits some very important points, you can find his post here. … Continue reading We are the Cavalry that the next generation is waiting for
It is common knowledge that are substance use care system infrastructure is in disrepair. This is particularly true on the public funded side, were funding, including our federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant has historically been dwarfed by the magnitude of the service need. It has lost even more ground in recent … Continue reading SOR & STR Funding – A high-speed entrance ramp to a one lane road with an uncertain destination
As many readers may know, decreasing life expediencies in the United States has been associated with what are being termed deaths of despair. That life expectancy in the United States is decreasing has significant implications for our society. As noted by NBC News, “the last three years represent the longest consecutive decline in the American … Continue reading Battling deaths of despair with the contagion of hope – priming a discussion on expanding recovery at the level of community