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

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 the United States. We have…

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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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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…

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…

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…

Empowering Motives: Why Students in Recovery Should Re-Enroll

(Originally posted and written in collaboration, Sober Nation) “People never change because they are under threat or under duress. Never. They change because they see something that makes their life seem valuable enough to start moving toward a life worth living.” This quote was one of the first that I ever read when I first…