Sober Living Homes and Recovery Houses play an important and vital role in Recovery

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Sober Living Homes and Recovery Houses play an important and vital role in Recovery

Post by Dallas » Thu Aug 27, 2015 4:05 am

Sober Living and Recovery Support Services whether it be Sober Living Homes, Recovery Houses, coaching or other support services can play an important and vital role in Recovery.

I can hear the gasps of some now -- who will be yelling "Oh! That's professional! And, someone is getting paid for it!"

Well -- just like practicing medicine or providing an auto repair shop -- someone has to and is going to do it -- so, why not people in recovery -- who have a more in depth experience and better understand the needs of others in recovery -- to provide Sober Living and Recovery Support Services to those who genuinely need them?

A Sober Living Home, also referred to as a recovery home is the bridge between the acute phase of recovery and long-term, sustainable, out-on-your-own recovery. The idea is to bridge between discarding the addiction lifestyle and learn how to live in a Sober lifestye.

Operated like family units with residents helping each other recover, Sober Living homes offer both housing and an environment that facilitates recovery.

Recovery residences and Sober Living Homes are just one example of recovery support services that help people recovering from mental and substance use disorders – including serious mental illnesses – get and stay well, find housing, get an education or a job, and live full lives in their communities.

SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) initiative is helping to spread the word about how recovery supports help make recovery possible. And, if you are looking into more information about Sober Living, or perhaps starting your own Sober Living Home, this resource may be able to assist you.

Launched in 2011 and led by the SAMHSA-funded Center for Social Innovation and its partners, the initiative promotes the adoption of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems throughout health care, state behavioral health systems, peer-run programs, and everywhere through the leadership of those in recovery and their families.

“We really value the lived experience that peers have,” said Public Health Advisor Marsha L. Baker, L.C.S.W.-C, the BRSS TACS project officer for SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. “You may have heard the saying ‘Nothing about us without us.’ That’s the idea – that people who have experience in recovery from mental or substance use conditions know best what works in recovery efforts.”

Many services and systems already do a great job embodying the principles of recovery, said Ms. Baker. What BRSS TACS aims to do is expand those “pockets of excellence” to the entire country.

Getting the Message Out

BRSS TACS accomplishes its goals through two main tactics: creating and sharing knowledge, and providing financial support.

When it comes to expanding the field’s knowledge base, one key approach is the three expert panels BRSS TACS brings together each year to explore topics related to recovery. Researchers, service providers, people in recovery, family members, and other stakeholders share information, identify gaps in the field’s understanding, and come up with recommendations for future activities.

“The panels help inform the field as well as SAMHSA about what needs to occur,” said Public Health Advisor Tanya Gunn, the BRSS-TACS project officer for SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services.

Annual national summits are another way BRSS TACS creates new knowledge. This year’s summit, consisting of three regional meetings, will focus on peer providers in the behavioral health workforce. SAMHSA has proposed a set of core competencies that peer providers should have, said Ms. Baker, and summit participants will further refine the standards with the goal of creating standardized competencies that can be adopted nationally.

BRSS TACS also makes sure that knowledge gets out to the field. The initiative provides training and technical assistance on such topics as recovery-oriented systems of care, peer recovery supports, and leadership by people in recovery and their families.

An ongoing series of webinars offers updates on hot trends, new knowledge, and cutting-edge programs. Past topics have included “Why You Should Hire Peer Specialists/Recovery Coaches,” “Recovery-oriented Services for Veterans,” and “Supports and Services for LGBT Youth in Recovery.”

Here is a link to a brochure that you can download for more info: ... ochure.pdf

Sober Living Homes and Recovery Houses play an important and vital role in the Recovery Community. More on that later -- but, one of my longtime goals has been to provide some detailed information on how people in recovery can help other people in recovery by starting and operating Sober Living and Recovery Homes in their own community. So, you can expect to hear some more about this in the near future!

Dallas B.

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