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Technical Papers on Recovery Transformation

Recovery Transformation Technical Papers

Several documents help stakeholders align their behaviors and procedures with the vision of recovery. Included are a series of articles which explore several dimensions of providing recovery oriented care. Additionally, recovery practice guidelines and self assessments also assist with operationalizing recovery concepts.

William L. White


William (“Bill”) White is a Senior Research Consultant at Chestnut Health Systems, past-chair of the board of Recovery Communities United and a volunteer consultant to Faces and Voices of Recovery. He has a master’s degree in Addiction Studies from Goddard College and has worked full time in the addictions field since 1969 as a streetworker, counselor, clinical director, trainer and researcher.

Bill has authored or co-authored more than 300 articles, monographs, research reports and book chapters and 15 books. His book, Slaying the Dragon — The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America, received the McGovern Family Foundation Award for the best book on addiction recovery. Bill’s sustained contributions to the treatment field in the United States have been acknowledged by awards from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, NAADAC: The Association of Addiction Professionals, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the Native American Wellbriety Movement.

His widely read papers on recovery advocacy were recently published in the book Let’s Go Make Some History: Chronicles of the New Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement. He has also recently published two seminal monographs: Recovery Management and Recovery-oriented Systems of Care: Scientific Rationale and Promising Practices and Peer-based Addiction Recovery Support: History, Theory, Practice and Scientific Evaluation. Bill has served as a consultant to the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services since 2006.

Publicatons by William L. White, MA
Senior Research Consultant, Chestnut Health Systems


White, W; Mojer-Torres, L (2010)
Recovery-Oriented Methadone Maintenance.
White, W. (2006)
Recovery Management.
White, W. (2008)
Recovery Management and Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care: Scientific Rationale and Promising Practices.
White, W. (2009).
Peer-based Addiction Recovery Support: History, Theory, Practice, and Scientific Evaluation.
White, W. (2008).
Perspectives on Systems Transformation: How Visionary Leaders are Shifting Addiction Treatment Toward a Recovery-Oriented System of Care.
White, W. & Kurtz, E. (2006).
Linking Addiction Treatment and Communities of Recovery: A Primer for Addiction Counselors and Recovery Coaches.

Philadelphia Papers

White, W. (2012)
Recovery Radio in Philadelphia
White, W., Ali, S., (2010)
Lapse and Relapse: Is it time for new language?
White, W; Evans, A.; Ali, S.; Achara-Abrahams, I; & King, J. (2009)
The Recovery Revolution: Will it Include Children, Adolescents, and Transition Age Youth?
White, W. (2009),
Long-Term Strategies to Reduce the Stigma Attached to Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery within the City of Philadelphia (With Particular Reference to Medication-Assisted Treatment/Recovery).
McLaulin, J. Bryce, Evans, A.C, & White, W. L. (2009).
The Role of Addiction Medicine in the Transformation of an Urban Behavioral Health Care System.
The Net Consumer Council, Evans, A.C., Lamb, R.C., Mendelovich, S., Schultz, C.J. & White, W.L. (2007).
The Role of Clients in a Recovery-Oriented System of Addiction Treatment: The Birth and Evolution of the NET Consumer Council.
Lamb, R., Evans, A.C, & White, W. (2009).
The Role of Partnership in Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care: The Philadelphia Experience.
White, W., Schwartz, J. & The Philadelphia Clinical Supervision Workgroup (2007).
The Role of Clinical Supervision in Recovery-Oriented Systems of Behavioral Healthcare.
Johnson, R., Martin, N., Sheahan, T., Way, F. & White, W. (2009)
Recovery Resource Mapping: Results of a Philadelphia Recovery Home Survey.
White, W.,
The Recovery-Focused Transformation of an Urban Behavioral Health Care System. (Interview with Arthur C. Evans, Ph.D.).
White, W.,
Ethical Guidelines for the Delivery of Peer-Based Recovery Support Services.
White, W.,
Recovery Revolution in Philadelphia.
White, W. (2006),
Sponsor, Recovery Coach, Addiction Counselor: The Importance of Role Clarity and Role Integrity.
Haberle, B., White, W. (2007)
Gender-Specific Recovery Support Services: Evolution of The Women's Recovery Community Center.

Possible Resource Papers

White, W. (2010)
On Science and Service: An interview with Tom McLellan, Counselor, 11(4), 24-35.
White, W. (2010)
Recovery is Contagious.
White, W.; Kurtz, E. (2010)
A Message of Tolerance and Celebration: The portrayal of multiple pathways of recovery in the writings of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson.
White, W. (2008).
Toward a Philosophy of Choice: A New Era of Addiction Treatment.
White, W. & Cloud, W. (2008).
Recovery Capital: A Primer for Addictions Professionals.
White, W., Scott, C., Dennis, M. & Boyle, M. (2005)
It's Time to Stop Kicking People out of Addiction Treatment.
White, W. & McLellan, A.T. (2008).
Addiction as a chronic disease: Key Messages for Clients, Families and Referral Sources.
Recovery Management: What if We Really Believed That Addiction Was a chronic Disorder?

The Tools for Transformation Series

The Tools for Transformation Series are resource packets produced by the DBHIDS to provide tools and a greater understanding of key recovery concepts for people experiencing behavioral health and substance use challenges, family members, service providers and DBHIDS staff as part of the Philadelphia DBHIDS Recovery Transformation.

Each packet focuses on a system transformation priority identified as important by numerous stakeholders.

  • Peer Culture/Peer Leadership/Peer Support Tools of Transformation is the first in this series of resource packets. Peer culture and peer leadership is a pivotal force in advancing the development of a recovery-oriented system of care.
  • Community Integration Tools for Transformation is the second in this series of resource packets. Connection to community is viewed as integral in long-term recovery.
  • Extended Recovery Support Tools for Transformation is the third in this series of resource packets. Extended Recovery Support includes connections with peer-based recovery support groups, recovery conducive educational, vocational and residential settings and recovery support from family and friends.
  • Person First Assessment/Person Directed Planning is the fourth in this series of resource packets. The concepts of assessment and planning have been artificially separated by behavioral health systems. Because assessment and planning are an interlocking process they are presented here together.
  • Holistic Care is the fifth in this series of resource packets. In a holistic approach one is working with a variety of approaches that support the development of wellness and health rather than only a focus on symptom management.

Additional resources include:

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