Every September, millions of Americans along with their families and other loved ones celebrate National Recovery Month. What originally was started in 1979 asTreatment Works! Month by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) has now become the pinnacle of recovery celebration and advocacy in the United […]

Closing Out Recovery Month In Texas: The Lone Star State ...

Post contains graphic images.  As many have already reported, the East Liverpool Police Department posted an image (along with their “objective” commentary) of a couple experiencing drug poisoning, reportedly due to heroin use. This likely comes as no surprise to many in Ohio, or any other state and community in […]

What Happened In East Liverpool Is Not Stigma — It ...

It appears more likely than ever that both sides of Congress will soon follow through with a response to America’s addiction crisis. That’s the good news. The other news: While the bill that was approved 407-5 Friday by the U.S. House represents important progress in the federal approach to addiction, […]

Comprehensive Addiction Legislation Falls Short, Lacks Needed Funding

In the midst of one of the most impactful public health crisis this country has ever seen – coined widely as the “opioid epidemic” – there are no shortage of stories highlighting the recovery efforts of those affected by substance use disorders, their allies, and the communities which they live […]

In Midst of Opioid Epidemic, Collegiate Recovery Creates Hope in ...

And no, not THAT King James, but rather the one of regal descent; the handsome fellow below. How could I, an individual born no where near the 16th Century – an individual in long-term recovery whose substance use disorder resulted in a felonious conviction of driving under the influence, assert […]

A Felon, or King James?

This past Mother’s day, I had a conversation that has been had multiple times over the last 3 years. “Why don’t we do a better job of recruiting, retaining, and empowering allies in our own movement?”, asked my fiancé. She also happens to be an advocate for many social justice […]

The Greatest Social Justice Assets – Our Allies

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  Whether we know it or not, at some point in our lives we have probably been in contact with, or impacted by, a social worker. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “but how could I have been in contact with a social worker, I’ve never had my kids taken […]

Social Workers: The Professionals You’ve Never Really Known

Cheri Garcia visits the Steve Harvey Show to talk about Second Chances.
Cheri Garcia is a trailblazer, which those invested in the lives and value of human connection need to know. Over the last 5 years, Cheri has overcome stacked odds to become one of the highly successful entrepreneurs out of Dallas, Texas. From playing a vital role in Mark Cuban’s Public […]

Dallas Inventor Uses Entrepreneurship to Change Lives and Fuel Second ...

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Those of us that live life in recovery from substance use disorders, mental health concerns, or other behavioral health disorders, know full well the value that daily rituals provide us in our journey for wellness. Whether you call them a design for living, self-care, or a daily routine – these […]

Rituals in Recovery

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Conversations surrounding race are a reoccurring thing of consequence in most social justice advocacy circles, and have been for some time. Realistically, conversations of race, privilege, and xenophobia have likely been happening since the fear of punishment for such talk was squashed. Fellow recovery and social justice writers have broached […]

Finding Equity in the “R” of Race and Recovery

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Often times when Greek life, fraternity and sorority organizations at colleges and universities, receives public attention it is attributable to negative undertones. Take for example a recent op-ed in Inside Higher Ed, which explores everything from sexual assault, suspensions, to wild parties and destruction of property. Truth be told – […]

Uncommon Support: Recovery and Fraternal Brotherhood

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Asking any behavioral health professional, perhaps any professional in any field, and you will find quickly that one of the largest obstacles that they strive to overcome is silos. These can be silos of care, silos of information sharing, or silos of silence causing duplicated services and wasted fiscal spending. […]

The Intersection of Reform: Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health