Investing in Community Recovery Capital – it is beyond time to do the right thing

  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

Marketing Marijuana to Children: Meet Stinky Steve, the Joe Camel of Cannabis

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

SOR & STR Funding – A high-speed entrance ramp to a one lane road with an uncertain destination

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

Battling deaths of despair with the contagion of hope – priming a discussion on expanding recovery at the level of community

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

Addiction treatment is broken. Here’s what it should look like

Good morning readers - I just wanted to share my first opinion piece for STAT News that was published this morning. " few Americans get anywhere near 90 days of care. Within the confines of existing insurance networks, short-term treatment of 28 days or less is all that most Americans are offered — if they can … Continue reading Addiction treatment is broken. Here’s what it should look like