A New Edition of Slaying the Dragon: The History Of Addiction Treatment And Recovery In America By William L. White

Slaying the Dragon“A new edition of Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America has just rolled off the presses. The first edition (1998) went through multiple printings and has been used as a text in collegiate addictions studies programs. Of even greater import has been how this history helped many people in recovery see themselves as “a people” and contributed to the rise of a new recovery advocacy movement in the U.S.

Multiple circumstances created the need for a new edition of Slaying the Dragon–recent seminal research on earlier periods of history, the accumulation of more than 16 years of new addiction and recovery research and, of course, events of enormous significance that have transpired since 1998. That addiction treatment has gone through significant challenges and changes in the past 16 years is self-evident, but readers may not appreciate some of the momentous and unprecedented events that have occurred within the larger history of addiction recovery. Such events include the growth and diversification of recovery mutual aid societies, the cultural and political mobilization of people in recovery, the emergence of new grassroots recovery support institutions, the rise of recovery as a potentially new organizing paradigm for national drug policy, key breakthroughs in recovery research, and rising efforts to fundamentally redesign addiction treatment.”


Source: WilliamWhitePaper.com – June 29, 2014

SAMHSA News Fall 2011 Issue Now Available Online

Articles in the new issue of SAMHSA News include:

      What Military Patients Want Civilian Providers to Know

      Block Grants Respond to State Needs

      National Survey Shows Rise in Illicit Drug Use

      Thousands Celebrate During National Recovery Month

The newsletter is available online at: http://www.samhsa.gov/samhsaNewsletter/default.aspx

Source: The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

New Resource – Principles of Addiction Medicine: The Essentials

Principles of Addiction MedicineA new handbook from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), Principles of Addiction Medicine: The Essentials, provides a quick reference on virtually all addiction medicine topics. This 600-page handbook extracts and summarizes key clinical points from each chapter of Principles of Addiction Medicine, 4th Edition, and presents them in an easily readable manner. The book is an excellent reference for a wide variety of practitioners, among them psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, internal medicine and primary care physicians, and substance abuse counselors. Further information including the table of contents and ordering information is available at: http://www.asam.org/PrinciplesEssentials.html#TOC (Publication date May 2011; paperbound edition $67.95 plus shipping and taxes; Kindle price $51.29.)

Painting the Current Picture: A National Report on Drug Courts and Other Problem Solving Court Programs in the United States

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) National Drug Court Institute announced the release of Painting the Current Picture: A National Report on Drug Courts and Other Problem-Solving Court Programs in the United States on August 8.

Funded by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice, this comprehensive report compiles data from two national surveys of all US states, commonwealths, districts and territories for years 2008 and 2009.

“Painting the Current Picture contains a valuable snapshot of Drug Court and Problem-Solving Court operations,” said West Huddleston, NADCP CEO and co-author of the report. “There is a wealth of information contained in this report, and the data makes it abundantly clear why Drug Courts and Problem-Solving Courts continue to thrive despite the difficult economic times with which we are now faced.  This report is an important contribution to state and national justice reform efforts and I urge every justice professional, policymaker, community leader, legislator, educator, and concerned citizen to order or download a copy today.”

The report can be accessed at: http://www.ndci.org/publications/publication-resources/painting-current-picture.

Source: National Association of Drug Court Professionals – August 8, 2011

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