William White

Emeritus 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

William (“Bill”) White has a Master’s degree in Addiction Studies from Goddard College and has worked in the addictions field since 1969 as a streetworker, counselor, clinical director, trainer, researcher, and prolific author. Bill has authored or co-authored more than 400 articles, monographs, research reports and book chapters and 18 books, including Slaying the Dragon – The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America; Let’s Go Make Some History: Chronicles of the New Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement; and Addiction Recovery Management: Theory, Research, and Practice (co-edited with Dr. John Kelly).


For the past 25 years, his work has focused on mapping the prevalence, pathways, styles, and stages of long-term addiction recovery. Bill’s sustained contributions to addiction treatment and recovery in the United States have been acknowledged by numerous awards from such organizations as 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, the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry, Faces and Voices of Recovery, Young People in Recovery, and the Association of Recovery Schools. Bill’s collected papers can be found here.


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