A Focus on Recovery Support from Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Massachusetts-Access to Recovery (MA-ATR) is a Federally-funded program designed to give people with substance use disorders wider access to community services to help them start or continue on the road to recovery. The Massachusetts Access to Recovery (ATR) program is designed to support individuals in early recovery or those individuals needing assistance to stabilize their lifestyle at a particularly vulnerable time. ATR will provide services that support entry into the recovery community and provide recovery support services to strengthen and enhance any clinical treatment services a person has or is receiving.

Although recovery is a lifetime process, ATR is not intended, nor appropriate, for people who have maintained long term recovery.

"There's almost nothing more inspiring to me than people in recovery"
-Dr. Christine Pace, physician at the Boston University School of Medicine

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What is Recovery?

A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. SAMHSA has delineated four major dimensions that support a life in recovery:
  • Health: living in a physically and emotionally healthy way as well as overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms—for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem
  • Home: a stable and safe place to live;
  • Purpose: meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society; and
  • Community: relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.