Radical Hope and Recovery Initiation

by Bill White Radical hope—a radiant vision of new possibilities in the face of personal or collective devastation—is the catalytic ingredient at the heart of personal transformations and successful social movements. Such hope has been spread contagiously by charismatic figures like Handsome Lake, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King,…

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Medication Assisted Treatment – Q & A

Q&A with Hazelden’s Dr. Marvin Seppala on Medication-Assisted Treatment Traditionally many addiction treatment programs have focused only on 12-step programs and avoided medication-assisted treatment, which is the use of medication, along with therapy and other supports, to help address issues related to opioid dependence. Join Together spoke with Marvin D. Seppala, MD, Chief Medical Officer…

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Research Study: Is Level of 12-Step Facilitation Associated with Treatment Outcomes?

Elizabeth A. Wells, Dennis M. Donovan, Suzanne Doyle, Mary A. Hatch-MailetteCounselor Magazine, June 24, 2015  Twelve Step facilitative therapy refers to a structured form of treatment that seeks to increase attendance and involvement with Twelve Step mutual support groups. The common elements of these treatments are introducing individuals to the Twelve Step program and encouraging…

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Recovery Needs More Spirituality

By Chris McDuffie, MA, CADC-!! I believe cultivating spirituality is critical for those in recovery from addiction, and Buddhism and Twelve Step recovery programs are two powerful spiritual pathways to end suffering. I define spirituality as “nondualistic bonding in love”—whatever our spiritual practice may be, secular or otherwise, cultivating love is essential to our physical,…

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