The New York Times recently published a poll asking readers their views on coverage of the opioid crisis and the types of information they would like to see covered on the subject. We responded to The Times poll article with suggestions that ultimately focus on three main areas for improvement: How we desperately need them to cover solutions, not just the problem How the imagery used must change How the descriptor language for people …
Last week, the New York Times published a reader poll called “Help Shape The Times Opioid Coverage,” asking for the kinds of stories readers want covered. While I appreciate The Times desire to include its readers’ opinions in the types of stories it publishes, the poll is indicative of a larger point that much of the media is missing—our country has an alcohol and other drug use problem that is deeper and more far-reaching …
For the past three months, I’ve crisscrossed the country, traveling to each of Facing Addiction’s 15 pilot communities. To say that my travels have been inspirational is an understatement. I’ve met parents who have suffered the ultimate loss and now have the courage to stand up and fight to keep their neighbors’ children from dying. I’ve seen chiefs of police stand in a room and publicly state that they are ready to stand on the …
NOTE: Article is reprinted from WestonMagazineGroup.com. I had a horrible feeling that late October Friday in 2012. God knows, I’d been in that situation many times before – wondering if Austin was OK.  But this time felt different. That Wednesday, he left voicemails that sounded confused – from a friend’s phone, because Austin had misplaced his, again. On Thursday, Austin sent texts from that same phone. Something wasn’t right. I called the friend …
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 …