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 […]

The Recovery Movement Makes History

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(Disclaimer: Finding Faith, God, or any religion/spirituality is not a prerequisite for recovery, and there are many ways to the same goal. For those that find these things in their journey there are those that won’t or don’t need to – we can all coexist) For much of the early […]

Finding God in Recovery

“No promises that things will get better, but they will get different” is a quote that I took with me from one of the very first mutual aid meetings I went to early in my recovery journey. At the time, things were still pretty miserable and when I heard those […]

“Things won’t get better, but they will get different”

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 […]

A Candidate Fighting for Recovery

Lately, many individuals within the public recovery advocacy space have begun discussing what are deemed alternative pathways to recovery. Famed recovery historian and researcher William White has chronicled the variety of pathways to recovery, and recently in a joint-paper with Dr. John Kelly, discusses the principle of “equifinality”, the notion […]

Oppression – Fighting for Equity in Recovery

A tremendous amount of those of us in recovery have obliterated our pasts and everything in them. Regardless of our paths to recovery, a true hall-mark of healing and being on a path to wellness is setting right the wrongs that we are responsible for. While I have personally made […]

An Open Letter to Mothers

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 […]

Efforts to Mitigate Risk, CDC Guidelines for Opioid Therapy Released

Role models, positive and negative, are a crucial part of our upbringing. As a young man, I remember idealizing baseball players like Nolan Ryan and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez; actors like Will Smith and George Clooney; and academicians such as Stephen Hawking. As my life turned a different direction though, I […]

Recovery Culture: Role Models

A little over 2 years ago, I penned a piece titled “How Collegiate Recovery Saved My Life”. Now, as I stand on the precipice of graduating, I realize how true the article really is. As a student, and person, in long-term recovery the last 3 years of my life have […]

Collegiate Recovery Saved My Life: Graduation

I have lived and could vote in two presidential elections, and am now actively engaged in the process of a third. During the first two, I proudly cast my vote for the candidate of my choice, largely guided by idealism and the democratic blue. I wouldn’t consider myself having been […]

The Recovery Voting Bloc

Over the last few months, there has been a surge in the support of alternative pathways to recovery as opposed to the zeitgeist of the 21st century, mutual aid peer support group abstinence-based recovery (otherwise known as AA or others). As a person in long-term recovery, whose recovery follows this […]

Do We Really Want Recovery?

(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 […]

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