Trends, insights and thought leadership on community matters by Wilder staff, volunteers, supporters and partners


Investing in Moms: 10 Years of Women’s Recovery Services

October 21, 2021 by Jackie Aman
Caregiving is a beautiful and humbling thing. Those that provide care, especially parents, need support. Yet it can be hard to garner support for caregivers who struggle with alcohol and other drugs… Read more »

I think my child might be suicidal. What should I do as a parent or guardian?

November 10, 2020
It can be scary to hear your child talk about suicide. You’re not alone – suicidal thoughts are common among children and adolescents in the United States. It’s important to take this seriously, even… Read more »

What Works for Women in Recovery

May 3, 2019 by Stephanie Nelson-Dusek
Through our research we know about the challenges and confounding factors that those struggling with addiction face. We also know what has the potential to work in helping them succeed after their… Read more »

3 Ways Culturally Specific Mental Health Services Break Barriers to Community Treatment

September 7, 2018 by Barbara Williamson
Working as a social worker for over thirty-five years with people from all backgrounds, I have witnessed firsthand the struggles individuals face dealing with mental health issues – particularly… Read more »

Amid Opioid Epidemic, Many Minnesota Women Face Other Addictions

April 18, 2018 by Jackie Aman
A 5-year study of women served by 12 recovery programs shows that some women across the state face addictions to other drugs at much higher rates.

The Family Feels the Impact of Addiction, Too

November 29, 2017 by Nway Linn
​Have you heard the saying that addiction is a “family disease”? Some may think that means addiction is genetic, something that runs in the family and is only passed along from generation to… Read more »

The Wolves Den: New Nonprofit Boosts Chances for Success

August 4, 2016
In this guest post, Ann Haines and Keyondra Yarbrough share how working with Wilder Research to develop a theory of change to guide their work. The Wolves Den is a culturally based group residential… Read more »

Preventing Substance Abuse: Essential as Water

February 27, 2014
​I think of substance abuse prevention as being a lot like water: