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WORKING RECOVERY: Why Employment is Pivotal to Sustained Addiction Recovery — A Virtual Symposium
On-Demand Event Access Now Available

On September 14, 2021, WORKING RECOVERY: Why Employment is Pivotal to Sustained Addiction Recovery offered participants a full and rich day of learning and networking.

On-demand access is now available – just register using the form to the right and you’ll receive access to all session recordings and handouts, as well as networking opportunities inside the event. Read on to learn more.

This virtual symposium introduced a national audience to opportunities for using employment as a key support to sustaining long-term recovery.

We were honored to have one of Massachusetts’ own, U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin Walsh, open the day as keynote speaker. A lifelong champion of equity and fairness and a product of the city of Boston, Secretary Walsh spoke from personal experience as a proud member of the recovery community who has worked to expand addiction treatment throughout his career.

Enjoy Secretary Walsh’s address:

The event also presented world-renowned experts from the fields of substance use recovery, workforce development, and community colleges, and included experts from AHP’s Massachusetts Access to Recovery (ATR) program discussing the concepts that have allowed ATR to successfully serve 30,000 individuals since its inception in 2010.

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Addiction is more prevalent among unemployed individuals. In addition, substance misuse increases the likelihood of unemployment and decreases the chance of finding and keeping a job. Add to that the fact that the vast majority of working-age adults with substance use disorder continue to face structural and attitudinal barriers that block their access to steady employment and economic security, and you’ve got an untenable situation. This symposium focused on best practices that can be put into place to make positive changes in this cycle.

The program featured a series of panel discussions that highlighted a range of voices and experiences from all areas of the employment and recovery continuum, including workforce development specialists; individuals in recovery; and international, national, and regional leaders.

Participants left the symposium with concrete ideas, resources and examples to help them begin the work of using employment as a recovery tool and building a high-quality, recovery-oriented workforce development program.

Whether you joined us live or will be viewing the session recordings after the fact, we’re glad you are part of this exceptional experience!

Additional Information

On-Demand Details

Everything from the symposium is now available on-demand, so you can revisit individual sessions, re-watch it all, or watch for the first time. Session recordings, handouts, and other resources are all included with on-demand access.

Technology Details

You may be required to verify your email address before you’re admitted to the symposium website for the first time. (If you attended live you should be all set.) 

Look for a message in your inbox from with the subject line “Please confirm your email address,” and click the link inside to confirm your email. You’ll then be able to enter your password and access the symposium for on-demand content.

This virtual symposium, WORKING RECOVERY, was sponsored by Massachusetts Access to Recovery (ATR), a project of Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP), and funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health/Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS).