Addiction treatment’s uncertain future

Programs closing This story about the impact of COVID on the treatment industry grabbed my attention: At the beginning of 2020, addiction treatment was a solid, growing industry, with 15,000 providers, $42 billion yearly revenue, and a projected 5.2% annual growth. Then Covid-19 hit.By the summer, the industry had lost $4 billion in revenue, and about 1,000 … Continue reading Addiction treatment’s uncertain future

Measuring Recovery as an Outcome

This post was originally published on September 27, 2015. This post focuses on an article critically examining the use of recovery as an outcome measure by professionals. They distinguish between recovery as a process (an individual journey rather than a specific outcome – a deeply personal experience related to one’s life goals, needs, and striving) … Continue reading Measuring Recovery as an Outcome

Harm reduction AND recovery. We need both.

This post shares a few loosely connected tabs that have been open in my browser for a couple weeks. An advocate's sad end Over the years, I've expressed concern about peer supports being placed in high risk situations with inadequate training, supervision, and support. My concern has grown as the OD crisis has accelerated, along … Continue reading Harm reduction AND recovery. We need both.

Addiction Professionals in the Pandemic – Bill Stauffer

This is the first of what I hope to be a regular series of interviews with addiction professionals about their work and how the pandemic has affected it. Who are you? My name is Bill Stauffer, I am a person in long term recovery living in eastern Pennsylvania. I have worked in and around the … Continue reading Addiction Professionals in the Pandemic – Bill Stauffer

Faith is given in sufficient quantities to communities

(This post was originally published on September 11, 2013) I recently listened to an interview with Nadia Bolz-Weber. There were a lot of keepers in the interview (even for a non-believer). She's described as a recovering drug addict. Her recovery shines through in this, "fake it till you make it" discussion: Ms. Tippett: So a sermon … Continue reading Faith is given in sufficient quantities to communities

Reasons for not receiving substance use treatment

SAMHSA released the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Annual National Report this week. One of the sections that's gotten a lot of attention on Twitter is Substance Use Treatment in the Past Year. The item that seems to have received the most attention is Reasons for Not Receiving Substance Use Treatment. … Continue reading Reasons for not receiving substance use treatment

One of the fun things about science is that it can overturn your prejudices (trying again)

Something went awry with yesterday's post, so I'm reposting and adding a video shared in a comment. This interview with Keith Humphreys is well worth the time, particularly if you don't have first hand experience with 12 step recovery. https://soundcloud.com/stanfordmed/study-aa-best-for-alcohol-abstinence For more info, visit David McCartney's post on the Cochrane Review discussed in this interview. … Continue reading One of the fun things about science is that it can overturn your prejudices (trying again)