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30 in 30 Project

Stories from those in recovery to inform, inspire and motivate anyone thinking about starting their own recovery journey.
SAMHSA COMMISSION INSTITUTE's 30 in 30 Project
Hope, Stories, & Lessons from Individuals in Recovery

Addiction remains a serious threat to public health and well-being. Overdose deaths exceeded 100,000 in the 12-month period ending in April 2021 — a 28 percent increase from the prior year.1 Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 95,000 deaths each year or 261 deaths per day.2 Additionally, it is estimated that only 11 percent of people who needed treatment in 2018, sought and received treatment.3 

The Change Theory4, is one way to understand substance use disorder. It says that most people change through a set of predictable stages that include (1) Pre-contemplation, (2) Contemplation, (3) Decision, (4) Action, and (5) Maintenance. To inform, inspire and motivate individuals in pre-contemplation or contemplation phases, the 30 in 30 project follows 30 individuals in recovery who recall stories and lessons to inspire hope and help initiate recovery in anyone considering it. Participants provide information, resources, and support that has personally impacted their recovery and their lives.
 

4 - Prochaska, James O., and Carlo C. DiClemente. “Stages and Processes of Self-Change of Smoking: Toward an Integrative Model of Change.” Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, vol. 51, no. 3, 1983, pp. 390–395., https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-006x.51.3.390.

Pathways to Recovery
There's No Right or Wrong Way to be In Recovery
Resources

Resources that help explain some of the various recovery pathways and provide tools to better understand/address addiction and support those in recovery.

Meet the Team

The individuals behind the 30 in 30 Project share firsthand experience about addiction, recovery, and their own recovery pathways. 

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