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…

Cheri Garcia visits the Steve Harvey Show to talk about Second Chances.

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…

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…

Oppression – Fighting for Equity in 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 that the same developmental endpoint…

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…

Collegiate Recovery Saved My Life: Graduation

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 been immensely rewarding, challenging, scary,…