This is my inaugural blog entry, and I would like to thank Addiction Professional editor Gary Enos for the opportunity to co-blog with him here. AddictionPro.com has become an indispensable companion to the print magazine, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. By day, I'm the Government Relations Liaison for the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) and NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. That means that I spend a lot of my time working with Congress and federal agencies to promote addiction-focused legislation, participating in a variety of policy coalitions, supporting NAADAC and NAATP's Public Policy Committee and our Political Action Committee, and preparing NAADAC and NAATP's annual advocacy conference in Washington. My posts will focus mostly on the public policy, advocacy, and media issues that affect addiction professionals and the prevention, treatment, and recovery community in general. It's my hope that this blog will encourage discussions and dialogue--always feel encouraged to leave comments! By using technology like blogs to share information more quickly and talk about it more easily than ever before, we can all become more influential and effective as advocates.