by Terence T. Gorski,

Paying it forward is the giving back to posterity an equal or greater benefit than we have received in our lives.

Today I received a message that asked me why I was publishing the links to sources that support Addiction as Biopsychosocial Disease, Recovery as a development process of growth and change, and Relapse Prevention as a critical tool in the lifelong battle against a chronic relapse-prone illness.

The answer is simple. I am paying forward the great joy and benefits I was so freely given by others in my life.

There are effective research-based treatments that produce high recovery rates. It is important that we know this and that we are a able to stand our ground when people challenge our positions.

The books, articles, citations, references in text books, and new spin-off treatment approaches are all part of a knowledge-base that has taken thousands of professionals many decades to develop and organize.

Now is the time to pass this knowledge-base forward. The mantle of leadership is being transferred to a new generation. These dynamic new-era clinicians need to build upon this historical foundation, including the principles and practices that have stood the test of time and research. They need to transcend the limitations of popular yet ineffective approaches.

Our motto needs to be INCLUDE and TRANSCEND.

We need to develop a living stream of dynamic frameworks that can integrates new knowledge with the wisdom of the past at the speed if the internet. We need to set a high standards.

Our goal needs to be to relegate the problem of addiction to the trash piles of other diseases that humanity has suffered and died from, but eventually found ways to eliminate.

Knowing the history of the profession and the sequence in which treatment approaches were developed is critical to rapidly developing the knowledge and skills needed to keep the addiction profession moving forward.

The future is upon us, and like it or not, we all a part of history.

“One person can make a difference. Every person should try!” ~ John F. Kennedy

You may be that one person. Strive to leave the world a better place than you found it.



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