The Association of Recovery In Higher Education recently hosted a webinar on the The Recovery Legacies of Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X. It was presented by Mark Sanders, an under-recognized treasure in the field. I can't embed it here, but please go check it out.
Bill recently suggested that we're all vulnerable to engaging in abusive behavior. Bill suggested that we all be mindful about that human tendency and maintain vigilance to prevent it. That post got me thinking about Chris Budnick's open letter of amends and I wanted to share it with you now. https://youtu.be/AKeXdKGKM24
I've posted quite a bit on language in advocacy over the years. Most recently I posted about the choice between words ("chronic brain disease") that evoke less blame but more pessimism about change, or words ("problem") that evoke more blame but more optimism about change. A couple of months ago, I examined a few examples … Continue reading Stigma, humanizing terms, and taking on hostility
Our contributor David McCartney has a post over at the Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems blog. It's worth your time. “Rehab? What’s the point of it? There’s no evidence that it works. I don’t refer anyone to rehab. Do you?”The addiction worker was talking to a colleague – another practitioner working in the field. … Continue reading Residential rehabilitation: powering up in 2021
Austin Brown recently tweeted a link to an editorial from Drug and Alcohol Dependence which is, unfortunately, behind a paywall. The editorial was written by Eric Strain, the outgoing Editor in Chief, reflecting on the research he's observed in his 15 years as an editor. Coincidentally, it articulates the core message of my blogging over … Continue reading Meaning and purpose in the context of opioid overdose deaths
https://open.spotify.com/episode/0UDj8r1qQD9MlbPLfZb3Md?si=GGrfbVF-RT-HtutJiDzn5A This podcast involves three of my favorite people. It's a conversation about recovery in the context of community. It's brief and well worth your time. Enjoy! Derek Wolfe created and hosts Vital Discussions. He's a medical student who will be starting a psychiatry residency soon. The podcast focuses on the medical community. We met … Continue reading Recovery and Community with Anna Byberg and Matt Statman
Keith Humphreys nails an elusive and important truth: https://twitter.com/KeithNHumphreys/status/1343614159997431808
Those harm reduction initiatives are great. I would say ‘keep doing that’. But also give people the opportunity to get well because that mantra of ‘keep them alive, keep them alive’ isn’t good enough. As a person in long-term recovery, I see it as a lack of ambition. It’s disrespectful to assume I am not … Continue reading Cannabis as an “adjunctive treatment” for MAT patients?
Source: Kelly et al. (2020) What's more harmful? Blame or pessimism? Kelly et al. find that 'chronically relapsing brain disease' was associated less stigmatizing blame and more pessimism about their capacity to recover, while 'problem' was associated with more stigmatizing blame and more optimism for their capacity to recover. ...exposure to the ‘chronically relapsing brain … Continue reading Pick your poison — blame or pessimism?
From Annemarie Ward, a formidable advocate for overdose prevention and recovery: Annemarie Ward, founder of Faces and Voices of Recovery UK, says Glasgow spends a total of £47m on addiction services, but only £500,000 of it goes on abstinence-based residential rehab.“What has happened is the system has become so focused on the crime reduction dividend … Continue reading Sentences to ponder