Today we lost a founding member of  Recovery Matters, Ron Hill.  Blog update in coming days

Mission Statment

Recovery Matters



There are changes afoot at Recovery Matters. Funny thing is that there are always changes going on all around us. We will be closing the website at the end of this year. We have had a grand two and a half year run which started with Ron Hill and I attending the first of several community discussions on the rationality and feasibility of a safe injection site, now called safe consumption sites. Since then Recovery Matters has held three well attended conferences where all voices were invited and heard. We discussed stigmatization and enabling. We had panels on medication assisted treatments and the use of Narcan. We invited people who were family members, those who supported SIFS, those who were opposed and those who were ambivalent. We had people in recovery, public safety officials, youth and individuals from communities of color speak. We debated harm reduction and the limits of evidence-based medicine. We demonstrated recovery through the arts and exercise, through 12 Step fellowship and treatment “outside the box”. We went to community meetings and City Hall and spoke publicly and passionately about our belief that recovery and a new way of life is possible for those who are willing to work for it. We wore our hearts on our sleeves.

Swan Song



Our goal remains the same: To educate alcoholic and substance dependent people about the disorder and to provide motivation and hope that they can do something about their addictions. There are important personal skills necessary to avert relapse. We focus on resentment, anger, depression, fear of failure and the usual day to day stressors and suggest opportunities/interventions to grow in self-management. The vital importance of work and the importance of love and intimate relationships are competencies that are nurtured and supported in what we like to call “slow medicine”. Although we are closing the website between now and January 1, 2020 Recovery Matters will be posting things that we hope that you will respond to, comment on and even share. Please keep in touch. 

Variety of Outcome Results Promising in Abstinence-Based Programs


  Between 3 and 4 out of every 10 patients contacted after a substance use treatment stay reported abstinence from substance use one year post-treatment, according to data presented Monday at Foundations Recovery Network's Moments of Change conference. Numerous factors were cited in the Vista Research Group data as predicting a positive outcome, from a longer duration in treatment to a patient's nonsmoking status at treatment admission.




Are we medicalizing addiction treatment?.



Are we losing the perspective of recovery and wellness?



Has harm reduction become the new money making treatment option?