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Efforts are well underway to shift addiction treatment from models of ever-briefer acute care to models of sustained recovery management (RM) nested within larger recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSC). This shift involves extending the continuum of recovery support services across the stages of long-term recovery, but it also embraces a more activist stance in shaping community environments in which addiction recovery can flourish. RM and ROSC, through their recognition of the ecology of addiction recovery, force a rethinking of drug policy at national and state levels and place clinical interventions within a larger rubric of local cultural and community revitalization. The roots of such perspectives are many, but some can be traced to the early history of social work in the United States.
In our last blog, we explored five foundational ideas about addiction that demonize people with alcohol and other drug problems and diminish recovery expectations. We also identified some of the effects such low expectations exert on people seeking recovery. We continue this discussion below.
IF YOU HAVE:
*been given the impression you have nothing to offer to your treatment other than your silent submission to professional authority,
*been subjected to humiliation and shame-inducing confrontations in the name of treatment,
*been provided information on the problems that recovery could remove from your life but not on the things recovery could add to your life,
*been given the impression that recovery is a depressingly boring life,
*been denied a job, a promotion, a loan, access to educational opportunities, access to housing, health or life insurance, a professional license, or been denied friendship because of your past history of addiction,
*been supported by family members during your addiction but refused support during and following your treatment, or
* if, as a friend, partner, or family member, you have been told there is no action you can take to support the recovery of your loved one until he/she “hits bottom” and seeks help on their own,
THEN, you have experienced the curse of low recovery expectations.
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