This article was shared by a friend today. Several previous posts have spoken to recent attention to language in recovery advocacy. (See here and here.) I think may have pointed to LGBT+ communities’ use of words like “queer” when questioning whether we should change our own language to reduce the stigma that others harbor toward … Continue reading Person-first or identity-first?
I recently became aware of the blog, Tenured Addict. He has a great new post on addiction, recovery, advocacy and language. It’s a thorough and challenging post on a potentially thorny issue but it’s written in a personal and generous spirit. Here are a couple of pull quotes, but take the time to read the … Continue reading On self-identification, recovery advocacy and identity
Healthland has a post on the relationship between identity and health: When is a label a badge of honor, and when is it a harmful stigma of sickness or deviance? This question is of critical importance to public health… But what does any of this have to do with health care? One of the best ways … Continue reading Identity and recovery
The White Noise had a post on identity and addiction. The blogger ends up expressing some discomfort with the way many recovering addicts make their addiction and recovery so central to their identity: I have mixed feelings on AA. I believe in camaraderie and community in times of strain and crisis. I believe in cultivating the … Continue reading Identity and addiction
“Once I became my diagnosis, there was no one left to recover.” Holy cow! This really captures something very important! It articulates what concerns me most about the rush to diagnosis for people in early recovery. It’s much less any intellectual concern, concern that a medication might be unhelpful or some concern about purity of … Continue reading Identity, mental illness and recovery
Yesterday, we began to revisit the concept of recovery-oriented harm reduction. Why recovery-oriented harm reduction and not just recovery? 13 years ago, recovery-oriented harm reduction was thought of as a bridge between harm reduction and treatment or recovery. Today, in some circles, it might invite questions about why one would want to maintain a distinction … Continue reading Revisiting recovery-oriented harm reduction (part 2)
Recently proposed definitions of recovery could be characterized as defining it downward (or expanding the boundaries outward). I’ve expressed concern that these proposed boundaries are so broad that most people who currently self-identify as in recovery will not feel a shared identity with the people that advocates are trying to expand the boundaries to include. … Continue reading “full recovery or amplified recovery” — toward typologies of recovery?
Recovery Science shared a couple of qualitative studies on the experiences of MAT patients. The first identified 7 themes: Patients may not be aware of treatment alternatives Treatment expectations and goals may differ between clinicians and patients Prior experiences with buprenorphine or methadone influence treatment decisions and expectations Accountability and structure facilitate treatment engagement … Continue reading How do we know if we do not ask?
I usually bristle at attempts to correct and manage other people’s well-meaning speech. However, this headline from the Washington Post grabbed me. It doesn’t take a warrior to beat cancer. It takes a treatment that works. How true this is for addiction, too. There is a treatment that delivers long term abstinence rates north of … Continue reading It takes a treatment that works.
This is being cross-posted from williamwhitepapers.com. Please visit and subscribe. (You won’t regret it!) So it is not our job to pass judgment on who will and will not recover from mental illness and the spirit breaking effects of poverty, stigma, dehumanization, degradation and learned helplessness. Rather, our job is to participate in a conspiracy of … Continue reading Toward a “Conspiracy of Hope” (Bill White and Jason Schwartz)