About the author:
Alex Brumbaugh worked in the addiction recovery field beginning in 1983. For ten years he was the Director of Project Recovery, the largest provider of drug and alcohol treatment services in Santa Barbara County. He was subsequently appointed Director of Project Development for the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in Santa Barbara, and more recently the Project Director of a Recovering Communities Support Grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).
He served as an education and treatment consultant for the Texas-based Recovery-Direct (FMS Productions), a producer and distributor of educational and treatment materials on substance abuse, mental health, and criminal behavior. In the final years of his life he was named Executive Director of Santa Barbara New House, the oldest and largest group of clean and sober living homes in Santa Barbara, California.
His publications include "Acupuncture: New Perspectives in Chemical Dependency Treatment" (Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, V10 No1, pp 35-43), "Acupuncture as a Foundation for Treatment Services" (Addiction and Recovery, November/ December, 1993, pp 26-28), Transformation and Recovery: A Guide for the Design and Development of Acupuncture-Based Chemical Dependency Treatment Programs, and The Praxis of Recovery: A New Vision for Success in Addiction Treatment (2014) and "Conceptualizing Successful Long-Term Recovery from Substance Use and Addictive Disorders." (2012)
Conventional alcohol and addiction treatment programs discharge clients in three to eighteen months. Yet a core finding of the recovery model is that the threshold of success does not occur until after five or more years of sustained remission. This begs the question, What happens during those years? The Praxis of Recovery approaches this question by framing recovery in terms of learnings. It explores: What specific learnings are involved in the achievement of successful, long-term recovery from addiction? In what environments involving what teachers with what qualifications are these learnings most effectively acquired? These questions are explored in the practical context of an idealized treatment program. In short, this book asks and answers the question, What would treatment look like if we did it right?