Addiction field leaders assert their position.
That is certainly no longer the case. Agencies and individuals in this field now have ample opportunities to look beyond their everyday circumstances and seek a broader role. Since its 1997 inception, the Partnership for Recovery has grown to incorporate both the pioneers of 12-Step treatment and those who embrace some of the field's newest traditions (as evidenced by the fact that the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers is now an official member of the Partnership).
For individuals, whether we're talking about a person in recovery, a professional who entered the field via a personal struggle with substances, or a career professional with a traditional social services orientation, involvement in advocacy activity is being welcomed as never before. Groups such as Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) are encouraging new voices to emerge and are building strong advocacy partnerships.
This issue's cover story by William White and Lonnetta Albright insists that it's time for new leaders to join the forces for change in this field. Their words are meant to ensure that the imminent departure of a generation of leaders won't leave the field without direction after a period of intense coalition building.
The start of a new year offers a great opportunity for all addiction professionals to reflect on how they can recommit to serving those in need while also striving to be a voice for progress at the community or national level.
Gary A. Enos
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|Title Annotation:||Letter From the Editor|
|Author:||Enos, Gary A.|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2006|
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