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People in Recovery

Recovery from alcohol and drug problems as well as a mental health condition is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness and quality of life.  Peer supporters and families can be a wonderful source of support for people in recovery. Wellness self-care skills and tools are critical to pursue a path to recovery.

Your Recovery is Important and 12-Step Interventions

Your Recovery in Important This tip sheet describes resources that can be used to virtually support recovery from mental/substance use disorders. It also provides resources to help local recovery programs create virtual meetings

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12-step interventions and mutual support programs  Donovan, D. M., Ingalsbe, M. H., Benbow, J., & Daley, D. C. (2013). 12-step interventions and mutual support programs for substance use disorders: an overview. Social work in public health28(3-4), 313–332. https://doi.org/10.1080/19371918.2013.774663

Twelve-step programs serve as readily available, easily accessible, and no cost resources for individuals with substance use disorders. There is clear evidence from a variety of sources that early involvement, in the form of meeting attendance and engagement in recovery activities, is associated with better substance use and psychosocial outcomes as well as reduced health care costs. Despite these benefits, attendance and engagement is often low and inconsistent, with relatively high rates of attrition. Social workers, health care providers, and behavioral health professionals can increase the likelihood of linking substance abusers, in specialty and nonspecialty settings, to 12-Step programs by the methods and style they use in their referral process. Professionals are encouraged to become more familiar with 12-Step programs in general and in their specific locales, to be aware of the positive outcomes associated with active involvement in such programs, attempt to match client needs to specific mutual support groups, to incorporate the use of community-based 12-Step volunteers to serve as “bridges” into such groups, and utilize empirically supported 12-Step facilitative approaches that are adapted to the unique features of their practice settings.


Building Evidence-Based Strategies to Improve Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders. Martinson, Karin, Doug McDonald, Amy Berninger, and Kyla Wasserman. (2021).  OPRE Report 2020-171. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This paper examines the impetus and existing evidence on programs that integrate employment services with treatment and recovery services for people with opioid and other substance use disorders (SUDs). It includes an overview of the nature and recent history of SUDs and their treatment, including the important role that employment can play in recovery, and discusses the factors that historically limited the role of employment services in treatment programs. It also provides a brief review of the limited but promising evidence on the effectiveness of integrating substance use disorder treatment and employment services in improving participants’ employment outcomes. 



Wellness tools and resources to support recovery can be download from https://www.center4healthandsdc.org/wellness-in-8d.html). While you’re on that website, check out some of the other available resources.