Comprehensive Addiction Legislation Falls Short, Lacks Needed Funding

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, it does not accomplish all…

Lady Justice

The Intersection of Reform: Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health

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. This is not a new…

The Recovery Movement Makes History

For millennia, social justice movements have been the impetus for change in a wide array of societies. Here in the United States, we have experienced the Women’s Suffrage movement, the Civil Rights movement, the Aids movement, the LGBTQ+ movement, and most importantly to me and many of you, the recovery advocacy movement. Today marked another…

A Candidate Fighting for Recovery

Early Monday morning, my fiancé and I had the honor to attend a campaign event in Dallas, Texas – hosted by our friends Dr. Mark Parker and Eric Johnson – with special guest, Robby Mook, campaign director for Hillary Clinton. Recently, I have discussed the unique nature in which a “recovery bloc” is beginning to…

Efforts to Mitigate Risk, CDC Guidelines for Opioid Therapy Released

On Tuesday, the Center for Disease Control issued new federal guidelines on the prescribing of opioids by primary care physicians, specifically for patients that do not fall into the categories of end-of-life, cancer, and palliative care. The guidelines mark the work of nearly 24 months of work by governmental agencies (both federal and state), advocacy…

Many Paths to Recovery: Reducing Shame, Increasing Self-Advocacy

(Originally posted and written in partnership with Youth Today) For the past five years, Young People in Recovery has worked within the youth and young adult recovery advocacy space to normalize recovery from substance use disorders, creating recovery-ready communities through our grassroots volunteer chapters and contracted programming in more than 90 communities in 30 states. At…