A Focus on Recovery Support from Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Massachusetts Access to Recovery (MA-ATR): funds recovery support services for individuals who have or are at risk of having opioid use problems, and who are in need of such services to assist them with re-entry into the community. MA-ATR is one component of the Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) grant. Opioid STR grants are administered through the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and authorized under the 21st Century Cures Act. The program aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD). 

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.