The current government director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) or the “Drug Czar” has, according to the New York Times Opinion Pages,  a  “real life” experience in the recovery world both as a person in recovery and one who dedicated their life to helping others get recovery. 
His appointment as the new Director of the ONDCP may bring a new perspective to “the war on drugs”. 
Past Czars have had military and/or political backgrounds, so we may be on the verge of a new perspective in fighting the drug epidemic in this country.

I don’t believe a person has to be an “addict in recovery” in order to help those find their recovery, but I do believe that fresh eyes looking at problems may bring fresh solutions.

New Drug Czar Offers Hope to Addicts
by Brent Staples / New York Times