There are multiple paths that can lead a person to recovery. These pathways may include treatment, criminal justice interventions, faith/spirituality, self-help groups and more.
Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.
The following pathways are just some of the paths represented by and in the individuals who have taken part in the Commission Institute: 30 in 30 project.
Roy Kearse, LCSW, CASAC; Vice President, Recovery Services and Community Partnerships at Samaritan Daytop Village
Lillian McCarthy, Director, Healing Springs Recovery Center.
- Residential Treatment
Allison King, Executive Director, Anchor House
- Harm Reduction
Joseph Turner, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder, Exponents, inc.
Chelsea, ROCovery Outreach Center
- Medication Assisted Treatment
Belinda Greenfield, New York State Opioid Treatment Authority
Dyna Tucker, LMSW; MFT
- Drug Court
Sky L. Pena-Davis, MA, CASAC New York State Unified Court System,
- Mental Health
Daniel Kelley, Executive Director Onondaga Community Living, Inc.
Ambi Daniel, CASAC; Trainer, Professor, Director, Family Services, Center for Life and Recovery
Brenda Harris Collins, MA; Assistant Director, New York State Office of Addiction Supports and Services Services
- Addiction Treatment Centers
Brenda Harris-Collins, MA; Assistant Director, New York State Office of Addiction Supports and Services
Dr. Srikanth Adidas Venkata, M.D. One Brooklyn Health Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
- Self- Help
Ruth Riddick, CARC-RCP, Community Outreach & Communications, ASAP-NY
The following articles and resources are designed to help individuals understand addiction and provide strategies for addressing the underlying and co-occurring issues related to substance use disorder.
Why do people with substance use disorder do what they do--Addiction is defined as a chronic, recurring disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain. It is considered a complex brain disorder.
As young people grow up there are factors that can contribute to good or poor outcomes These factors are frequently referred to as Risk and Protective factors. Risk factors can contribute to poor outcomes and protective factors protect against poor outcomes. The presence or absence and various combinations of protective and risk factors contribute to the mental health of youth. Identifying protective and risk factors in youth may guide the prevention and intervention strategies to pursue with them. Protective and risk factors may also influence the course mental health disorders might take if present.
Recent work in child development and neuroscience increasingly suggests that children require safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments to thrive. Evidence shows that stress and trauma, especially when prolonged, can interrupt healthy child development, putting them at risk for lifelong health issues.
Online Mutual Supports
Mutual support is a voluntary reciprocal exchange of resources and services for mutual benefit. Mutual support projects are a form of participation in which people take responsibility for caring for one another and changing political positions.
On-line Mutual Supports includes a wide range of self-help supports that can be used by individuals and families with addiction and mental health needs. These supports offer the opportunity to connect with others in various stages of recovery. Mutual support services offers a breadth of alternatives in which experiences can be shared be it in recovery services, structured groups or informal meetings.
Take a few minutes to explore the resources below, they include non-clinical assistance, COVID-19 services, AA, Alanon, Alateen, Faith Community, Educational/Vocational support, SMART Recovery, Problemed Gambling, referral services and various pathways to recovery.
Help and Hope with Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling
1-877-846-7369 Text: HOPENY (467369)
- The HOPEline operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Povides referral services via phone and text message to callers throughout New York State
- Access to bilingual staff to provide services in English and Spanish, as well as the 5 other languages that are required by the state of New York (Bengali, Traditional Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Korean, and Russian)
Text WELL to 65173 or call 1-888-692-9355
- NYC Well is a free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.
- The New York State funded Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Specialists (SAPIS) program provides a range of prevention and intervention services in grades K-12.