Reflection on Scott McLane

“The system failed me,” was the blunt opening to Scott’s McLane’s story, a sentiment that resonates with  many others. The public services offered to those with substance abuse disorders simply put in motion a vicious cycle of poor recovery methods and a lack of support that makes it easy to relapse. Scott’s experience shows that the system in place lacks a crucial element to recovery: human connectedness.
Recovery seems to have the most success, at least with Scott, when it involves building relationships with others, and offering support to those in similar situations. Richard Stockwell shared this belief, adding that “only helping another alcoholic” keeps him on his sober path. Once both Scott and Rich found a space in and encouragement within the recovery world, it was easier to make it through the rough times of potential relapse – “I had a place to go. That was important,” said Scott.

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Megan Dorantes

Megan Dorantes was born and raised in Arizona, relocating to Philadelphia in 2013 to attend Temple University, where she is currently in her last semester. Megan started by publishing profiles on community members in the Arizona TriState area; but as a university student, Megan changed focus to editorial/criticism writing, where she wrote and self-published reviews on various Philadelphia arts/performances. Contact Megan at

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