Recovery advocacy movement

  Submitted via E-Rulemaking Portal September 24, 2019   The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Attn: Suzette Brann, SAMHSA 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 13E01B Rockville, Maryland 20857   Re:  Comments on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding 42 CFR Part 2 (SAMHSA-4162-20; RIN 0930-AA30)   Dear Ms.…

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Signpost pathways of recovery

1 in 10 Americans — an estimated 22 million — live in recovery from substance use disorders. While it’s important to celebrate our stories of recovery, it’s equally important that we not lose sight of the fact that less than 10 percent of the  21 million Americans with SUD receive treatment. We need to continue…

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Wellness in recovery

The Impact of Wellness on Recovery Wellness matters. It can have a profound effect on people in recovery in terms of successful recovery outcomes and overall physical health and well-being. Overall health is especially crucial for people in recovery because research shows that individuals with substance use disorders die years earlier than those without these…

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National Recovery Month

Recovery is the expectation, not the exception — Unity Recovery, a Recovery Community Organization Each year, September kicks off with National Recovery Month — a time when we see thousands of Americans come forward to publicly share their stories of recovery. This visibility is crucial; it helps fight the stigma associated with addiction and increases…

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Non-12 step recovery

While millions of individuals may attend and recover through 12-step fellowships, like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), there is a common misconception that this is the only way to recover. But that isn’t an accurate picture of the recovery landscape today. In fact, just under half of those who recover do so without 12-step recovery. At a…

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Sober curious

The term “sober curious” has been increasing in popularity in recent years. It is a movement that is gaining traction among millennials who are more health-conscious. Perhaps some have been drawn to the sober lifestyle by social media influencers who give us a glimpse into the expansive life that can be found in recovery.  For…

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LGBTQ+ Recovery Resources

LGBTQ+ Recovery Resources According to the Recovery Research Institute, it is estimated that 30 percent of LGBTQ+ individuals face some form of addiction, compared with 9 percent of the general population. However, there is a lack of LGBTQ+ recovery resources. Despite substance use disorders disproportionately affecting larger numbers of the LGBTQ+ community, recovery looks largely…

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History of recovery advocacy

The landscape of recovery has changed dramatically over the past few decades, and we have the recovery advocacy movement to thank for that. While there’s still a long way to go to help more people find recovery and improve public and professional perception of substance use disorder, we’ve made huge strides in this political and…

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Language matters in addiction and recovery

Language matters. The words we use to describe substance use disorder, people using drugs, and people in recovery has the potential to cause a significantly detrimental impact in a number of ways, such as access to treatment and recovery outcomes.  Our language can influence whether people view substance use disorder as a moral issue, requiring…

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For Alannah, it can be difficult getting to meetings but, “being able to talk to the girls makes me feel like I’m doing something for my recovery everyday”. As a stay at home mom, Alannah is learning to tend house and says that, “there is no other job I’d rather do, I love staying home with them”.

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