Recovery Stories Weekly, Issue 4

This week’s blog posts were some of my favourites from earlier times. I haven’t added anything else in other sections of the website, since I’ve been busy with other activities. Here are this week’s posts:

‘A Journey Towards Recovery: From the Inside Out’ by Dale Walsh: ‘Discovering and participating in this culture of healing has given me the hope and courage to travel the path of recovery. This is a culture of inclusion, hope, caring, and cooperation; of empowerment, equality, and humor; of dignity, respect, and trust.’

‘Experiences of a Mother of Two Young Heroin Addicts’ by Mark: ‘We found my 20 year old brother dead of an overdose. He had just kicked the habit so tolerance was low. He started a job and the first payday was his last. Mum wrote this after I got clean.’

‘An Intervention Gone Wrong’ by Bill White: The most famous and controversial treatment for addiction in the 19th century was Dr. Leslie Keeley’s Bichloride of Gold Cure. Here is an amusing story relating to this treatment.

Treatment and Recovery Disconnection: In a film clip from a talk he gave in London in 2009, Bill White describes how somewhere in the process of the professionalisation of addiction treatment in the US, treatment got disconnected from the larger more enduring process of long-term recovery.

Research Shows the Dynamic Spread of Happiness in a Large Social Network: This research involved a longitudinal analysis over 20 years of participants in a long-term health study in America (the Framingham Heart Study, which took place in Framingham, Massachusetts, USA).

How Trauma Flows Through the Generations: ‘The transgenerational effects of trauma occur via a variety of mechanisms including the impact of attachment relationship with care givers; the impact on parenting and family functioning; the association with parental physical and mental illness; disconnection and alienation from the extended family, culture and society.’