To support a cohesive recovery community and addiction field services, there needs to be alignment. The treatment model for addiction has evolved with time. There are multiple pathways to recovery for substance use disorder. As treatment for addiction has changed and grown, there is a need for peer to peer participatory process. The outlook on addiction is still strongly negative in areas of the world. Sometimes, even in our own field, there is tension on what is the right treatment for an individual with substance use disorder. To have healthy options for peers to get the help they need without discriminating each other is very important.
- Better understand the history of addiction treatment and recovery in America as it relates to the importance of peer support services.
- Explain how the peer recovery model has evolved over time.
- Be prepared to deal with and counteract the effects of discrimination against people with substance use disorder.
- Propose the next steps for the field of addiction/recovery and have a participatory process for solutions.