Closing Out Recovery Month In Texas: The Lone Star State Knows How To Throw a Party

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 States. Over 23 million Americans…

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…

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

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 and are served in. In…

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Dallas Inventor Uses Entrepreneurship to Change Lives and Fuel 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 Relations machine (heard of Cyber…

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Finding Equity in the “R” of Race and Recovery

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 the topic of “white privilege…

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Uncommon Support: Recovery and Fraternal Brotherhood

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 – there have been nefarious actions…

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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…