Novant Health Opioid Stewardship Campaign

We’ve been delighted to collaborate with Novant Health on their Opioid Stewardship Campaign, particularly around their stigma elimination initiatives. Novant Health understands what recovery activist Bill White has been teaching us for years, “Words have immense power to wound or heal.” They’ve made a concerted effort to educate their 25,000 staff and partnering physicians at…

Where is the Outrage?

I was honored recently to address a roomful of journalists from across the country to discuss harm reduction and treatment access issues in rural communities. Naturally, I discussed the terrible impact of our most recent epidemic. North Carolina lost 1,726 fellow citizens to unintentional drug overdose in 2016, twice the number we lost only 6…

North Western Regional Training: Addiction Recovery! Stigma, Language, & Advocacy.

Recovery is a Process, Not an Event We have five decades of research proving that addiction is a chronic brain disorder, not a moral failing, yet we have been responding to it with the acute care model of addiction treatment and incarceration. This educational experience will provide information on the pathology and chronic nature of…

ASAM Strategic Plan: People Get Better Than Well

Yesterday, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) revealed their strategic plan for 2018-21 in which they strengthen their focus on the full spectrum of addiction care: prevention, treatment, remission, and recovery. The inclusion of recovery as the ultimate potential within the addiction spectrum, distinct from remission, affirms what many of us have known for decades: recovery…