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Recovery’s Historian: An Interview with William L. White, MA


The antiquated flyer’s headline, “Inebriate Asylum, 1876,” caught his eye by chance as he wandered the aisles of a local flea market. He paused when he saw the date, surprised. “I’ve been in the field for four to five years,” he thought. “How did I not know that addiction treatment programs existed as early as the 1800s?” That 1974 flea market discovery led William “Bill” L. White on a thirty-year-long journey of in-depth interviews, historical investigations, and countless significant…