Promoting recovery in an evolving policy context: What do we know and what do we need to know about recovery support services?

Promoting recovery in an evolving policy context: What do we know and what do we need to know about recovery support services?

Alexandre B. Laudet Ph.D. and Keith Humphreys Ph.D

Posted in: Recovery Research & Outcomes

As both a concept and a movement, “recovery” is increasingly guiding substance use disorder (SUD) services and policy. One sign of this change is the emergence of recovery support services that attempt to help addicted individuals using a comprehensive continuing care model. This paper reviews the policy environment surrounding recovery support services, the needs to which they should respond, and the status of current recovery support models. We conclude that recovery support services (RSS) should be further assessed for effectiveness and cost-effectiveness, that greater efforts must be made to develop the RSS delivery workforce, and that RSS should capitalize on ongoing efforts to create a comprehensive, integrated and patient-centered health care system. As the SUD treatment system undergoes its most important transformation in at least 40 years, recovery research and the lived experience of recovery from addiction should be central to reform.