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

The Piper Must be Paid, Sooner or Later

America has been using more substance during the COVID-19 pandemic, a result of increased stress and isolation. We are starting to glimpse the repercussions of these dynamics. There is early evidence of the consequences of heavier use across our society. The Los Angeles Times recently reported that hospitals affiliated with the University of Michigan, Northwestern … Continue reading The Piper Must be Paid, Sooner or Later

We All Want to Flourish, Those Served in Substance Use Care Deserve Nothing Less

A few weeks back, fellow writer and colleague Jason Schwartz posted a piece titled Meaning and purpose in the context of opioid overdose deaths. It and the related article of the same title written by outgoing Editor in Chief, Dr. Eric Strain of Drug and Alcohol Dependence deeply resonated with me. Dr Strain lists some … Continue reading We All Want to Flourish, Those Served in Substance Use Care Deserve Nothing Less