As part of the ONDCP - ROSC Learning Community webinar series, the Northeast & Caribbean ATTC has sponsored this special webinar and made it available to a wider audience:
Expanding Opportunities for Recovery: An Introduction to Three Secular, Abstinence-Based Mutual Aid Pathways
Research supports the eyewitness testimony that mutual aid meetings and other social supports help people achieve and sustain recovery. This webinar will introduce you to three of the leading non-spiritual recovery pathways that can be followed independently or in combination with 12-Step or other mutual aid approaches: LifeRing, SMART Recovery, and Women for Sobriety. Each has a unique approach and recognizes—like the 12-Step programs—that its pathway may not be optimal for all seeking to overcome a substance use disorder. Each also recognizes the importance of ensuring that those seeking recovery have a variety of mutual aid pathways from which to choose. Each also recognizes that taking part in more than one mutual aid program can be beneficial to many individuals.
SESSION GOAL: Inform ROSC Learning Community members about these three mutual aid pathways and foster measures to increase awareness of the diverse mutual aid pathways among those in, seeking, or leaving treatment, providers and public officials, and the general public.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
“The birth of each recovery mutual aid group is rooted in a particular historical context that shapes its character and culture. Recovery support groups must “work” at personal/family levels in order to provide sense-making metaphors that can serve as catalysts for change, but they must also work at broader cultural levels.” - White, W.L.. (2010) The Future of AA, NA and Other Recovery Mutual Aid Organizations. Counselor. 11(2), 10-19.
• Mahala Kephart, LifeRing Recovery
• Shari Allwood, SMART Recovery
• Laura Makey, Women for Sobriety