Comments on the Task of Interpreting

The major topic of this essay is “hermeneutics” as it applies to addiction counseling. Definition and aim What is “hermeneutics”? “Hermeneutics” can be defined as “the science of interpretation”.   It’s the knowledge about and methods for the task of interpreting.  Interpretive methods differ across different fields of thought.  Different hermeneutical methods are used to understand … Continue reading Comments on the Task of Interpreting

The Recovery Alliance Initiative – System Change

So far in this series I've... covered the origin and early evolution of the Recovery Alliance Initiative; provided a description of the expansion and clarification of our model and methods; outlined a recipe we uncovered of general similarities among effective sectors; and shared a variety of our concrete practical perspectives. In the previous post I … Continue reading The Recovery Alliance Initiative – System Change

The Recovery Alliance Initiative – Practical Perspectives

Earlier in this series I covered the origin and early evolution of the Recovery Alliance Initiative, provided a description of the expansion and clarification of our model and methods, and outlined a recipe we uncovered of general similarities among effective sectors.  I also described a stretch-goal for our field: attempting from the very start with … Continue reading The Recovery Alliance Initiative – Practical Perspectives

The Recovery Alliance Initiative – A Recipe We Uncovered

In the first two posts of this series, I initially described the origin and early evolution of what we call the Recovery Alliance Initiative.  Those posts were followed by one that described the expansion and clarification of our model and methods within the Alliance effort. In this post I’ll describe a by-product of our effort … Continue reading The Recovery Alliance Initiative – A Recipe We Uncovered

The Recovery Alliance Initiative – Expansion and Clarification

In the first two posts of this series, I described the origin and then the early evolution of what we call the Recovery Alliance Initiative.  I encourage you to go back and read those installments before you read this one on the expansion and clarification of our model and methods.  Through our many conversations and … Continue reading The Recovery Alliance Initiative – Expansion and Clarification

Bill White’s website has moved

Early this morning I noticed that Mike Dennis, the researcher at Lighthouse Institute, posted the following on his LinkedIn account: Researchers and practitioners who access Bill’s website, williamwhitepapers.com, will notice a new look effective May 24, 2022. Mike said the new address for Bill's content is: https://www.chestnut.org/william-white-papers/ and that users navigating to the previous web address … Continue reading Bill White’s website has moved

Grief and Depression as Factors in Addiction Counseling

Disclaimer:  nothing in this post should be taken or held as clinical instruction, clinical supervision, or advisory concerning patient care.  In his 1916 article1 titled “Mourning and Melancholia” Sigmund Freud grappled with clarifying the differences between melancholy and mourning.  In his usage melancholy refers to what we would loosely call “depression” and mourning refers to … Continue reading Grief and Depression as Factors in Addiction Counseling