Sentences to ponder: stigma reduction

Demonstrated solutions to alcohol and drug problems will do more to reduce the stigma attached to these conditions than will endless debates about the source of such problems. White, W. (2000). Toward a new recovery advocacy movement. (Photo credit: beware of pity by shawnzrossi)

Sentences to ponder: the roles of professionals and community

...I do want to suggest that something got lost along the road to professionalization. What got lost was a relationship between two people that transcended the roles of counselor and client. What got lost was our deep involvement in the community and in local communities of recovery. What got lost was our recognition of the … Continue reading Sentences to ponder: the roles of professionals and community

Treatment as usual isn’t cutting it (same for research as usual)

Photo by Brett Jordan on Pexels.com For most of my career, I've been responsible for managing treatment programs. I believed strongly in those programs. At one of those programs, we developed a continuum of care that provided treatment and substantial, structural recovery support for more than 2 years for people with high severity, high chronicity, … Continue reading Treatment as usual isn’t cutting it (same for research as usual)

Sentences to Ponder

Photo by Miguel u00c1. Padriu00f1u00e1n on Pexels.com I think the future rests in seeing harm reduction and recovery as strategies to be uniquely combined and sequenced across the stages/styles of drug use / drug addiction and the stages of recovery rather than as warring ideologies. William White from Bamber, S. & White, W. (2011). Bamber-White … Continue reading Sentences to Ponder

Those Who Control the Teachings of a Movement’s History Control Its Future

How we think of addiction and recovery has changed in America, largely due to the New Recovery Advocacy Movement (NRAM). The future of NRAM and SUD Peer Services are inseparably intertwined. SUD Peer Services originated out of NRAM as a primary objective. In An Open Letter to SAMHSA and the SSA’s On Inclusion – Our … Continue reading Those Who Control the Teachings of a Movement’s History Control Its Future

Doing it wrong?

("Wrong Way" by Jack Zalium is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.) More and more frequently I'm hearing self-identified and publicly recognized recovery advocates state that providing harm reduction services with the goal of moving people toward recovery or treatment constitutes "doing it wrong." This perspective isn't limited to a few outliers, I heard it voiced at a SAMHSA … Continue reading Doing it wrong?

Three more things worth knowing about recovery from addiction

A few things related to recovery have caught my eye recently, things that I think are worth knowing and that ought to shape our practice.. Abstinence goals more reliable In a study[1] from Swiss researchers involving more than 200 patients going through residential treatment, those who set clear goals for abstinence were much less likely to … Continue reading Three more things worth knowing about recovery from addiction