RECOVERY PORN: A Story of Healers & Hustlers – By William L White

The field of addiction treatment is facing a growing cultural backlash that threatens its future as a viable social institution. Cultural ownership of an intractable problem vacillates over time. Vague but passionate promises of a new approach always garner more hope than the known limitations of current efforts. And any industry that has attracted substantial financial capital will draw a subset of individuals and organizations who will sacrifice public health and safety for personal and corporate profit. When such limitations and abuses are exposed, there exists the risk that a social institution’s probationary status will be revoked and their functions transferred to other institutions within their operating environment. Aware of such risks, most fields develop standards of organizational and professional practice that maximize effectiveness and elevate ethical decision-making. Such protective devises help assure that exposés of industry shortcomings are viewed as the misconduct of particular organizations and individuals and not… Continue reading

The Generosity of Receiving Help – Kyczy Hawk

I was walking the other day, thinking about my daughter with whom I had just had a pleasant phone call. I am so proud of her, I love her loving heart, her pragmatic approach to life, the generosity she holds for her family, house and home; welcoming to others and being informal so that all can feel comfortable in her presence. She also doesn’t need me one bit. That is not surprising as she is a woman in her early forties. She has a husband, three kids, a career and a community. She has made a good life for herself and her family. And she doesn’t need me one bit. She has lyme disease and experiences knee pain on occasion. She eats well to minimize as much impact as she can. Even during home remodel she kept a good attitude; which for me is impossible when I am in pain.… Continue reading

New Sober Moms Guide Website – By Rosemary O’Connor

I’m so excited to announce the launch of the Sober Moms Guide website. http://www.sobermomsguide.com/ This is a dream come true! I have longed to develop a dynamic website to provide all kinds of resources for moms to get sober, stay sober and live an amazing life. The website is designed to support: A mom struggling with drugs, alcohol and/or other addictions. A mom in recovery who wants to enhance their journey of fulllfillment in sobriety. A professional who helps moms. A family member or friend of a mom. Wherever you’re coming from, you’ve come to the right place. Stop by the Sober Moms Guide website today to see all the new free tools and resources available to you. Here’s what’s waiting for you right now… My free ebook, A Sober Mom’s Guide to Overcoming Guilt. If you wrestle with guilt and shame, this is the ebook for you! My book for moms, The Sober Mom’s Guide to… Continue reading

Five Things I Realized on my Journey to Recovery – By Kel B.

Most of my recovery path started behind a keyboard. Clear minded for the first time in longer than I wish to remember, my brain eagerly absorbed all there was to learn about addiction and recovery. Countless hours navigating the latest trends, epidemics and tragedies of the thousands of lives lost from this forbidden curse we call addiction. And just as much time was spent wandering through the myriad of pathways to recovery I never before knew existed. But in no way would I recommend doing recovery alone. Isolation leads to what they call in treatment, stinkin’ thinkin. That deceitful little voice in your head that says everything will be alright so long as you just have one. I listened once, which was reminder enough that my brain no longer understands moderation. 1. Recovery thrives in community. Perhaps with a sober mind, I discovered we actually enjoy creating meaningful relationships with others. Especially with people whose story looks like ours. Relating to someone with the same sorrow and heartbreak. To cheer them on with every milestone and… Continue reading

Addiction Neurobiology & Personal Destiny – By William L White

In 2005, Nature Neurosciencepublished a special issue on the neuroscience of addiction that summarized the advancements in unraveling the biological mechanisms that contribute to the etiology and progression of addiction to a wide spectrum of psychoactive drugs.  The technical papers included in the 2005 special issue stood as a progress report on the biological model of addiction that has been aggressively promulgated by National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora Volkow, MD, and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Director George Koob, PhD.   The state of addiction science was updated in 2011 in Nature, and Nature has just published a special supplement of articles on addiction that provides a further update. In reviewing this series of collected papers, it is difficult not to be swept up in the advancements in our understanding of the neurobiology of addiction.  These papers mark an evolution from a deeper understanding of the underlying mechanisms of addiction, to new… Continue reading