The National Study of Treatment and Addiction Recovery Residences (NSTARR) Project

March 19, 2020

RecoveryPeople is excited to announce that our Executive Director, Jason Howell, is a consultant supporting the federally funded National Study of Treatment and Addiction Recovery Residences (NSTARR) Project. Learn more about the project and how to participate at Historically, recovery housing research has focused on certain types or specific regions, which does not give…

Is marijuana hazardous to your health?

March 4, 2020

Marijuana enthusiast often discounted research posted on social media channels as “reefer madness”, referencing a 1930’s film by the same name and/or in general a scare tactic approach by the government in the past to reduce and stigmatize marijuana usage.  Can we blame that for their skepticism? Unfortunately, high drama, low fact approaches to behavior…

Journal Article on MAT in Recovery Residences

March 3, 2020

RecoveryPeople Executive Direct had the honor and privilege of contributing to this published journal article Supporting individuals using medications for opioid use disorder in recovery residences: challenges and opportunities for addressing the opioid epidemic Abstract: Full and partial opioid agonists and opioid antagonist medications play an important role in containing the opioid epidemic. However, these…

Submit comment on Joint Committee on Access to Forensic Services (JCAFS) Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Rules

March 2, 2020

The Joint Committee on Access to Forensic Services (JCAFS) Texas Administrative Code (TAC) rules have been posted for informal comments.  The informal comment period started Friday February 28, 2020 and will end on March 13, 2020.  You may view the draft rules by using the following link  If you would like, you may submit your comments…

First Class of OWEP Funded Students Graduate Towards RSPS

February 26, 2020

A big shout out to Dillion and Dorothy West and their staff at the Center for Recovery and Wellness Resources in Houston ( ) . They graduated the first class of students pursing Recovery Support Peer Specialists (RSPS) certification who received scholarships through a HRSA OWEP grant. UTHealth Houston, in collaboration with RecoveryPeople, won…

“Valuing the Voices of Lived Experience”

February 5, 2020

I hope this post finds everyone well and striving to live your best life.  “Advocacy is the act of speaking on the behalf of or in support of another person, place or thing.” (Merrian-Webster Dictionary) Many times organizations work on behalf of certain populations without giving them a voice at the table. The slogan “Nothing…

Rural Community Action Guide for Addiction Recovery

February 3, 2020

A number of US agencies and stakeholder organizations collaborated on the development of this guide to rural addiction recovery. The guide complements both the Community Assessment Tool, which gives county specific data about deaths and factors which may make a community more vulnerable to addiction, and the Federal Rural Resources Guide, which includes comprehensive information about different…

Super Model Amber Valletta shares about her recovery

January 14, 2020

It is awesome when people use their celebrity to raise awareness by telling their story in a way that is relatable educational. Listen to her courage, vulnerability and wisdom in this video.

Deaths associated with fentanyl and meth stimulants are increasing

January 12, 2020

A study of toxicology test results highlight poly use trends and an increase in deaths related to fentanyl and meth.

Congressional Report on Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD)

January 6, 2020

The IMD Exclusion has been a hot topic, with some advocating for changing it and other advocating for protecting it. What is it? And where do you stand? This is a great resource to help you decide.