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The Shift to Recovery-Oriented Systems

Fostering the development of recovery-oriented services and systems is a priority for SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). CSAT is leading this shift from an acute care model to a chronic model of care.

Through programs such as National Recovery Month, the Recovery Community Support Program (RCSP), Access to Recovery (ATR), and the Recovery Summit, CSAT has moved recovery to the top of its priorities and efforts to enhance the availability and quality of addiction treatment in the United States. (GLATTC, 2007)

The ATTC Network is dedicated to working to move this effort forward by building awareness and skills of recovery-based care among the addictions treatment and recovery workforce.

The National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) campaign offers help and hope not only for individuals receiving recovery services and in recovery but also for families, loved ones, and friends. The benefits of treatment and recovery-oriented services and supports in behavioral health ripple out across entire communities throughout our Nation, proving there are effective treatments and that people do recover. As the Road to Recovery series kicks off its 12th season, this episode will highlight the many accomplishments of the 2011 Recovery Month campaign and look forward to a successful September 2012 Recovery Month.

NEW: Recovery/Remission from Substance Use Disorders: An Analysis of Reported Outcomes in 415 Scientific Reports, 1868-2011 by William L. White, MA reviews 415 scientific studies of recovery outcomes (79 community studies, 276 adult clinical studies, and 60 adolescent clinical studies) conducted with clinically and culturally diverse populations in multiple countries over the past century. The paper answers the 5 critical questions below and includes a way for communities to develop their own measures. (April 2012)

  1. How many persons are in recovery from substance use disorders in the United States?
  2. What percentage of those who develop AOD problems eventually achieve remission/recovery?
  3. What is the rate of remission/recovery for persons whose problems are severe enough to warrant professional treatment?
  4. Does the rate of remission/recovery for adolescents following specialized addiction treatment differ from that of adults who have completed such specialized treatment?
  5. How can local communities establish baseline remission/recovery prevalence data?

NEW: The Recovery Carrier by Bill White describes the qualities and contributions of people, usually in recovery, who make recovery infectious to those around them by their openness about their recovery experiences, their quality of life and character, and the compassion they exhibit for those still suffering. (April 2012)

William White's Monograph Series - William L. White is a Senior Research Consultant at Chestnut Health Systems / Lighthouse Institute and past-chair of the board of Recovery Communities United. Bill has a Master's degree in Addiction Studies and has worked full time in the addictions field since 1969 as a streetworker, counselor, clinical director, researcher and well-traveled trainer and consultant. Bill's widely read papers on recovery advocacy have been published by the Johnson Institute in a book entitled Let's Go Make Some History: Chronicles of the New Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement.

A complete bibliography compiled by Northeast ATTC and the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) is now available for viewing or downloading. This bibliography includes sections including; the nature and course of addiction, recovery, co-occurring/dual diagnosis, medically assisted treatment, special populations,peer based and family support, faith based, continuing care and recovery services models,recovery homes and sober houses and much more.

In recognition of Recovery Month 2011, this year's essay contest invited individuals who have been supported in their recovery by medications, including methadone or buprenorphine for opioid addiction and acamprosate or naltrexone for alcohol addiction, to share their stories.



Faces & Voices of Recovery Online Book Club

Through online conversation and the exchange of ideas, Faces & Voices of Recovery's Online Book Club will expand the growing advocacy network, strengthening the movement. Faces & Voices of Recovery invite you to submit a book of your choice to be discussed!

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