Recovery Rising: A Retrospective of Addiction Treatment and Recovery Advocacy is the professional memoir of William (Bill) White, who, over the span of five decades, has become the addiction field’s preeminent historian and one of its most visionary voices and prolific writers. Recovery Rising contains more than 350 stories, reflections, and lessons learned as witnessed through one man’s personal and professional journey. Recounted are many of the ideas, methods, people, and organizations that shaped the …
I have never been more proud of being a social worker and never more proud to be a person in recovery!   The School of Social Work at the University of Texas, Austin, announced a historic gift of $25 million from Steve Hicks, UT Board of Regents and visionary founding board member of Facing Addiction. The school has been renamed the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. With its …
Freedom — and the right to make choices — is woven into America’s DNA. But one of those choices might become life and death for millions of Americans. Although our current healthcare system is far from perfect, for 91 percent of Americans today who have some form of health insurance, that coverage is fairly comprehensive across unpredictable needs people may have. As a result of the 2008 Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act and …
Facing Addiction recently received an incredibly rare distinction from arguably the most sought after open grant competition in philanthropic history: Scoring in the Top 200 of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change international competition for a “$100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem.” We are enormously grateful to the MacArthur Foundation and to the individuals and organizations of …
As a person in long term recovery from addiction since September 6, 2003, and a New Jersey resident entrenched in grassroots advocacy since 2010, I have seen the progress that can be made in addressing addiction issues.  When elected officials set aside partisanship to work with family members, people in recovery and treatment professionals, they  find solutions and better the odds for those struggling with addiction. This week, it was announced that Governor Chris …
You’ve helped us in the past, signing letters critical to the issues of addiction and recovery. Now we need your help once again – this request is urgent. The House of Representatives intends to vote on the American Health Care Act today. Some of the changes to the bill under discussion would be devastating for individuals suffering with substance use disorders. The most recent talks include the stripping out Essential Health Benefits from the …
Last Thursday, President Trump released his proposed federal budget. As expected, and in keeping with promises the President made on the campaign trail, the budget includes deep cuts across the federal government. We want to hear from you about the President’s proposed budget cuts. Please take a moment today to complete Facing Addiction’s survey on the President’s proposed cuts. You can access the survey by clicking here. Also, help us spread the survey around …
As the national debate increasingly focuses on health care reform, we need you to share your story of how the current healthcare system has helped you or someone you love gain access to treatment. We at Facing Addiction—along with a majority of the Action Network—are very concerned about the American Health Act proposed last week in the US House of Representatives. Specifically, there are two provisions that would severely reduce coverage for people seeking …

President Obama Signs Cures Act

Last month, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. The legislation contains $1 billion over the next two years for states to address the opioid misuse and overdose crisis facing America. While the Cures Act certainly isn’t a perfect piece of legislation, it is the best vehicle to get funding appropriated to address our nation’s crisis. The bill passed the House by a 392-26 vote and the Senate 94-5. Additionally, the President has …

End of Year Thanks (and Appeals) – Jim Hood

Jim Hood – Co-Founder and CEO of Facing Addiction Like hundreds of thousands of other families, we have a chair at our table that is always empty. I lost my beautiful boy, Austin, to the ravages of addiction and, ultimately, an overdose four years ago. One thousand five hundred twenty-seven empty days of missing my son… the hole in my heart will never heal. Addiction is stealing our children. Please support …