Thursday, July 12, 2012

Do we need to define 'recovery'?

I am really perplexed as to who really cares about defining "recovery" and whether a definition will benefit anyone other than those doing research. The definition of "a voluntarily maintained lifestyle characterized by sobriety, personal health, and citizenship," as stated in Carlton K. EricksonPhD's article (December 2007 issue), raises the question of who is to judge. Who's to say what is good health and good citizenship?
Defining recovery only divides people, leading some to believe their recovery is better or worse than others'. Recovery is a process happening a day at a time and is acknowledged by individuals in the process by their stating, "I am a recovering alcoholic/drug addict." Do we really need to spend precious resources researching what this means?

Reaching Drug Users

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To the Editor:
Re ''Preventing AIDS Prevention'' (editorial, Dec. 28):
Besides their effectiveness in preventing the spread of AIDS, needle exchange programs help us to engage drug users who generally do not come up from the underground until they are arrested or hospitalized.
This engagement presents an opportunity to bring these individuals into drug treatment and health care systems at an earlier time, with a potential benefit to both the user and society.
Howard Josepher
New York, Dec. 28, 2007 

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Activists Demonstrate In Favor Of Easing Arrests For Small Quantity Marijuana Possession

Howard Josepher, the founder and President of Exponents, a community based organization in New York City that helps people with drug problems, speaks at a rally against marijuana arrests in front of One Police Plaza on June 13, 2012 in New York City. The New York City Council is set to vote on a resolution that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has urged the state's lawmakers to pass the law which many say leads to the arrests of a disproportion of minority youths.

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