Over 22,000 Participants Served Since 2011
Support for Individuals Recovering from Substance Use Disorders
Massachusetts Access to Recovery (ATR) is a 6-month program for individuals who have, or who are at risk of having, an opioid use disorder (OUD), and who are seeking support with their recovery. The ATR program provides recovery support services and works to build recovery systems of care in four cities (Greater Boston, Greater Springfield, New Bedford and Worcester).
Recovery is a process of change through which individuals work on building a healthy lifestyle. It is a highly individualized process. Therefore, recovery services and supports must be flexible. What may work for one person may be very different than what works for another. That is why ATR has a Menu of Services to choose from. These services are provided by both professionals and peers through a variety of community organizations.
The 6-month ATR program supports recovery by providing for participants’ basic needs, preparing people to get and maintain employment, and delivering recovery coaching – with care coordination to tie all of the pieces together.
Core Principles of ATR
- ATR is participant-centered and participant-driven. The participant drives the process.
- ATR empowers participants to choose the services they need the most to help them with their recovery.
- ATR is based on the belief that there are multiple pathways to recovery and helps participants create an individualized recovery plan to chart their unique path to recovery.
- ATR Coordinators provide powerful support for participants as they implement their recovery plans. The relationship between the Coordinator and the participant over the 6-months of the program is a key component of ATR.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has delineated four major dimensions that support a life in recovery:
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
a stable and safe place to live
meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society
relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope