Resource Library

Recovery Resource Library

Since 2001, Faces & Voices of Recovery has been producing position papers, infographics, reports, toolkits and much more.  Click on the link below to view our publications:

The Peer Provider Workforce in Behavioral Health: A Landscape Analysis

Lisel Blash, Krista Chan, Susan Chapman

Posted in: Peer Recovery Support Services

Peer providers are individuals hired to provide direct support to those undertaking mental health (MH) or substance use disorder (SUD) recovery, often referred to in the literature as “consumers.”

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The Potential of Recovery Capital

David Best and Alexandra Laudet, Ph.D. (2010)

Posted in: Recovery Research & Outcomes

This short paper outlines the concept of recovery capital and discusses the impact that the accumulation of individual success has on groups and communities. It seeks to define recovery capital, to capture its flavour and principles, and to look at the intrinsically social forces that are at play in shaping change and in growing communities…

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The Power of Story

Merlyn Karst

Posted in: Advocacy & Public Policy

This blog had a prompt. Reading John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath” is a wonderful experience, to be repeated. The narrative about the Depression, caravans to California, and the description of awfulness those arriving experienced is priceless. It is even relevant in this different time and context. However, one chapter captured my attention as it spoke…

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The President’s Commission Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

The President’s Commission

Posted in: Advocacy & Public Policy

Without comprehensive action, including your national public health emergency, the death count will continue to rise.

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The Recovery Community Organization: Toward A Working Definition and Description

Valentine, P., White, W. & Taylor, P. (2007)

Posted in: William L. White Publications

A recovery community organization (RCO) is an independent, non-profit organization led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery. These organizations organize recovery-focused policy advocacy activities, carry out recovery-focused community education and outreach programs, and/or provide peer-based recovery support services (P-BRSS). The broadly defined recovery community – people in long-term recovery, their families, friends…

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The recovery movement and its implications for policy, commissioning and practice

David Best, Stephanie Judith, and Donna Burdett

Posted in: Race, Ethnicity & Culture

The recovery movement is not a homogenous phenomenon, with differing philosophies and approaches informing its evolution, and it can be seen as an uneasy alliance of abstinence and medication-based models, specific philosophies and theories (12-step and Therapeutic Communities) and between a diverse range of proponents including family members, people in recovery (or recovered), practitioners, policy…

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The Relationship Between Recovery Community Services Program Grantees And the Federal Drug and Alcohol Confidentiality Laws

The Legal Action Center

Posted in: Legal Issues & Drug Courts

The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is currently funding new types of service providers who are not professional clinical treatment providers through its Recovery Community Services Program (RCSP) and Access to Recovery (ATR) initiatives.

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The Response of African American Communities to Addiction: An Opportunity for Treatment Providers

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

Posted in: Race, Ethnicity & Culture

The closing decades of the twentieth century were marked by a rise in culturally indigenous responses to alcohol and other drug problems in the African American community and a consistent call for more culturally sensitive and competent addiction treatment services. This article provides a brief description of several indigenous recovery movements and discusses how addiction…

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The Role of Recovery Residences in Promoting Long-term Addiction Recovery

Jason, L.A., Mericle, A.A., Polcin, D.L., & White, W.L. (2013). American Journal of Community Psychology.

Posted in: Recovery Research & Outcomes

Recovery residences (e.g., sober living houses, recovery homes, and Oxford HousesTM) are sober, safe, and healthy living environments that promote recovery from AOD use and associated problems. At a minimum, recovery residences offer peer-to-peer recovery support with some providing professionally delivered clinical services all aimed at promoting abstinence based, long-term recovery.

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The Role of Recovery Support Services in Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care

Posted in: Peer Recovery Support Services

Addiction has long been recognized as a chronic disease. However, most treatment for addiction uses acute care interventions rather than a disease management approach. For many people seeking recovery, this has created a revolving door of multiple acute treatment episodes. Under the leadership of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for…

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