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How Can I Recover? Non-Clinical Pathways

Trying to recover from a substance use disorder can feel like you are climbing on a stair machine at the gym — it never ends. Or, you may feel like you are stuck in quicksand — you’re fighting and fighting but not getting anywhere. Whatever you are feeling, Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help. There are many different modes of help that are available to you. Recovery Research Institute splits these recovery programs and therapies into two different pathways: clinical and non-clinical pathways. We will take a look at the non-clinical pathways today. 

Non-Clinical Pathways to Recovery

  • Recovery residences
    • Often called sober living homes, these are non-medical settings that help to support substance use recovery
    • These places have safe living environments and lots of social support
    • Many include twelve-step programs or require attendance
    • There are three differences that vary from sober home to sober home:
      • Length of time spent there
      • How much monitoring
      • Size of residence 
  • Recovery community centers
    • These centers are local and peer-operated
    • They provide:
      • Advocacy training
      • Recovery information 
      • Resource mobilization
      • Mutual self-help
      • Peer support organizational meetings
      • Social activities
      • Other community-based services
    • They help to simplify relationships and initiate recovery
    • They also connect individuals to social services, employment and skills training, and educational agencies
  • Peer-based recovery services
    • These are also referred to as self-help groups
    • They are free and peer-led
    • Individuals participate in engaging and educational activities and support other individuals recovering who may face similar roadblocks
    • Types of mutual-help organizations
      • Twelve-step programs
      • Secular (non-twelve-step programs)
      • Religious programs
  • Education-based recovery services
    • Used with individuals who are just starting out their recovery journeys
    • Help to complete their educational goals 
    • Focus on social, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being (body, mind, and spirit)
    • Can be at the college and high school levels
  • Employment-based recovery services
    • Can facilitate employment and training for the workforce
    • Can be programs set up by existing employers to support current employees
    • Companies may have recovery-friendly policies in place to support the employees
    • Companies can employ individuals in recovery
  • Faith-based recovery services
    • Done in houses of worship
    • Employ religious or spirituality beliefs in substance use recovery
    • Have support services such as:
      • Sponsorship opportunities
      • Development of recovery-friendly churches
      • Integration of recovery pastors
      • Facilitation of recovery support groups

If you have a substance use disorder or are interested in other non-clinical pathways to recovery, call Villa Tranquil Recovery today at 214-799-3080 for more information.