This is going to be a night to remember, was the phrase I kept repeating to myself. It was Friday, December 23, 2016. My wife Lauren and I had a lot to celebrate: the holiday season, her birthday, our engagement anniversary, and our new baby boy, who was due to arrive on December 28. We ate at the Palace Café right on Canal Street in the heart of …
I have always wanted to belong. Drunk or sober, I have spent most of my life feeling “different” and separate. I originally drank to “belong.”  Then, so many years later, breaking off my relationship with booze meant severing almost all my relationships – or the changing up of those that remained. I have spent so much of my sober journey alone – because I felt separated from the community that I originally got sober …
The She Recovers NYC conference is the first-ever international meeting to pay attention to the particular needs of women in recovery. Aside from being one of the happiest celebrations of recovery on the planet, She Recovers NYC is built to help us heal from serious problems that compromise our recovery. It’s just real that, as women, we face some challenges that are different from those of our male counterparts. One of the most prevalent …
As far as I’m concerned, Marty Mann – one of the first women to reach long-term recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous – is the reason April is Alcohol Awareness Month. In May of 1991, when I entered recovery, I knew nothing of Marty Mann. Five years later, in 1996, when I went to work for the Kansas City affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), I didn’t realize that I …
Andre Johnson’s long-term recovery was made for the Detroit Recovery Project and vice versa. In 1988, Johnson was 18, “a parolee, a fugitive and a high school dropout. I was on the run because I ran off with three different dope man’s drugs that I was supposed to have been distributing and selling. “I ran into the drug treatment center trying to escape the streets of Detroit for fear of harm or possibly death,” he …
Although Stacia Murphy thinks she may have started working in the addiction field by accident—it wasn’t a passion of hers—she’s managed to build quite a career as an advocate for recovery from addiction. After years of taking recovery into prisons and working re-entry programs for people coming out of prisons, then serving as the executive director of the Alcoholism Council/Fellowship Center of New York from 1984 to 1999, Murphy was selected from a national …
Coach John Lucas has a long history of helping athletes, from superstar professionals to youngsters in after school programs, stay away from drugs or find recovery from addiction. This Sunday—SuperBowl Sunday—the pro basketball icon and person in long-term recovery will join other sports greats and artists for the first annual SoberBowl Superfest in Houston. We caught up with Coach Lucas, as he traveled with the Houston Rockets, and talked about his more than three …
Anita Devlin recalls a moment of clarity as she and her husband Michael drove their son Mike to treatment. She describes a quiet car ride on a bleak, rainy day. Mike was asleep in the backseat as she stared, exhausted, out the window. During those moments, Devlin suddenly realized that everything was real; all her attempts to manage the unmanageability of addiction had failed. In fact, for the very first time, she knew with gut-wrenching …

FA Board Member Guests on Addiction Podcast

Facing Addiction Founding Board Member Terry M. Rubenstein was the guest on this week’s Addiction Support Podcast, hosted by Melissa Sue Tucker. Terry describes her family’s experience with addiction following her son’s diagnosis with substance use disorders. Terry says, “When you’re dealing with a child who is addicted, people think, ‘oh, send him or her to treatment and they’ll get well.’ Treatment has to be a continuum and treatment has to be a long process.” …
At Facing Addiction, Giving Tuesday is about much more than simply asking you for money. Let’s face it, every charity in the world wants your money. Don’t get us wrong, we’d gladly accept a generous end-of-year gift to help us broadly with our outreach programs, but today we want to ask you for much more. Today, Facing Addiction is launching its foundational membership drive and we need your help building it. For the first …