STAT NEWS First Opinion 2 4 22 Recovery community organizations need more than bake sales to help people survive addiction

It is great to see this piece coauthored with Ryan Hampton Author of Unsettled published in STAT news RCOs deserve better than bake sales Funding for recovery community organizations is a patchwork affair. There has never been an established, stable funding mechanism to support them. Some are funded through time-limited grants, some through block grants … Continue reading STAT NEWS First Opinion 2 4 22 Recovery community organizations need more than bake sales to help people survive addiction

Building Bridges Between Islands of Healing

“Let us use whatever power and influence we have, working with whatever resources are already available, mobilizing the people who are with us to work for what they care about.” – Margaret Wheatley The title of this post comes is inspired by Margaret J. Wheatley, Who Do We Choose To Be?: Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, … Continue reading Building Bridges Between Islands of Healing

Testimony PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee Jan 20 2022 – William Stauffer LSW, CCS, CADC

It was suggested to me to post my testimony at the state hearing here. There is a link to a PDF of it at the end of the document Senate Democratic Policy Committee Hearing Recovery Issues & Improvements January 20, 2022, at 10 AM Testimony on Recovery Funding  William Stauffer LSW, CCS, CADC Recommendations and … Continue reading Testimony PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee Jan 20 2022 – William Stauffer LSW, CCS, CADC

Top ten of 2021 #8 – 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 Top ten of 2021 #8 – Take the Drug Addicts Out to the Hospital Parking Lot and Shoot Them

Interview #14 Cathy Nugent – Reflections on the Historic 2001 Recovery Summit in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Start of the New Recovery Advocacy Movement

Forward:  As I was doing interviews for this series, a number of people I spoke with referenced how integral Cathy Nugent was to the process. Not only for her being involved in the historic summit, but also for her role as the first grant officer for the Recovery Community Service Program (RCSP), funded through SAMHSA. … Continue reading Interview #14 Cathy Nugent – Reflections on the Historic 2001 Recovery Summit in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Start of the New Recovery Advocacy Movement

Reflections in the New Recovery Advocacy Movement – An Interview with Mark Sanders On the Development of African American Recovery Communities

Mark Sanders  LCSW, CADC Forward - The first time I had heard about Mark Sanders was when I was preparing for Black History month in early 2013. I wanted to highlight the history of recovery within African American communities in our quarterly recovery newsletter. After initiating an internet search, I quickly found the Online Museum … Continue reading Reflections in the New Recovery Advocacy Movement – An Interview with Mark Sanders On the Development of African American Recovery Communities

It Is Painfully Obvious That Discrimination Remains Our Greatest Challenge

Purdue Pharma funded drug abuse campaign media Painfully Obvious was the propaganda campaign that Purdue Pharma deployed to teach school children in America that addicted people are bad people. What is also painfully obvious is it is far too easy to influence Americans discriminatory and stigmatizing ideas that affirm existing biases. The graphic here is … Continue reading It Is Painfully Obvious That Discrimination Remains Our Greatest Challenge