July 4, 2014-Bill White – 55 RECOVERY REFLECTIONS


We have just passed the first anniversary of the weekly recovery blogs posted at http://www.williamwhitepapers.com. This series of blogs was launched as an experiment in a very different type of writing for me. Brevity has never been my strength as a writer, and I was unsure whether I could pull off the blog format or if such writing would find an appreciative audience. The regular stream of encouragement, questions and suggestions have convinced me to continue this effort. In case you missed any of the first year’s blogs, here is a recap of the territory we have covered.
Private Grief to Public Advocacy (July 5, 2013)
Critics as Benefactors (July 18, 2013)
Myth, Story and Recovery (July 23, 2013)
Moral Panics, the Limits of Science and Professional Responsibility (July 25, 2013)
Recovery Durability: The 5-year Set Point (July 31, 2013)
Helping Yourself to Recovery (August 5, 2013)
The Work of Addiction Recovery (August 10, 2013)
Recoveries Up in Smoke (August 23, 2013)
Stigma and Recoveryism (August 28, 2013)
A New Era of Recovery Support (August 30, 2013)
Recovery Mobilization in East Africa (August 31, 2013)
Recovery Stories before AA (September 6, 2013)
On Hijacked Brains and Social Stigma (September 13)
A Test of Recovery Management: Or was it? (September 20, 2013)
Recovery for the Health of It (September 27)
NA Comes of Age (October 7, 2013)
Toward a Global Recovery Advocacy Movement (October 11, 2013)
Recovery & Harm Reduction in Philadelphia (October 20, 2013)
Addiction: A Question of Chronicity (October 26, 2013)
Precovery: “And then the Miracle Occurred” (November 1, 2013)
Passing of a Pioneer (November 14, 2014)
On the Shoulders of Giants (November 24, 2013)
In Praise of Patrons (November 28, 2013)
More Varieties of Recovery Experience (November 30, 2013)
What is Recovery? (December 5, 2013)
Community Recovery (December 7, 2013)
Personal Failure or System Failure? (December 14, 2013)
The Masks of Addiction & Recovery (December 20, 2013)
Recovery in the Wind (December 28, 2013)
Anticipatory Grief and Family Recovery (January 3, 2014)
State of the New Recovery Advocacy Movement (January 11, 2014
Recovery and Justice (January 17, 2014)
Recovery is Contagious Redux (January 24, 2014)
Advocacy for the Lost (February 1, 2014)
Addiction Recurrence after Prolonged Recovery (February 7, 2014)
Amplified Recovery (February 16, 2014)
Language Abuse (February 21, 2014)
Waiting for Breaking Good: The Media and Addiction Recovery (March 1, 2014)
Recovery Landscapes (March 8, 2014)
Recovery Checkups (March 14, 2014)
Shedding Skins in Recovery (March 21, 2014)
No More Graduations (March 28, 2014)
Stop Kicking People out of Addiction Treatment (April 4, 2014)
A Grieving Parent on the Meaning of Parity (April 11,2014)
Lessons from an Earlier Era (April 18, 2014)
Radical Recovery Revisited (April 26, 2014)
Reflections on AA’s Resilience (With Ernie Kurtz, May 2, 2014)
Brain Surgery as Addiction Treatment? (May 7, 2014)
Experiencing Spirituality (May16, 2014)
Pioneer Voices (May 23, 2014)
A Rendezvous with Hope (May 30, 2014)
The Language of Recovery Advocacy (June 7, 2014)
Volunteerism and Addiction Treatment (June 13, 2014)
Recovery Advocacy and Personal Philanthropy (June 19, 2014)
Year of the Dragon (June 29, 2014)
Thank you for joining me during this year of recovery reflections.
Bill

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