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Recovery Oriented Systems of Care

Recovery Research Institute describes the recovery-oriented systems of care as “an organizing paradigm for addressing substance use disorders through a supportive network of individual and societal factors.” This is able to describe the many factors that both, directly and indirectly, impact recovery from a substance use disorder. Recovery Research Institute splits these factors up into five categories: (1) individual factors affecting recovery, (2) factors affecting recovery most directly, (3) factors affecting recovery somewhat directly, (4) factors affecting recovery someone indirectly, (5) factors affecting recovery most indirectly. In this article, we will discuss all five groups of factors and what contributes to them. 

  1. Individual factors affecting recovery
  • Assets

Included in assets would be attitudes and beliefs, intentions for recovery, and biological factors. These are things that you have that will support your recovery.

  • Vulnerabilities

Similarly, vulnerabilities are things that you have that may hinder your recovery. These include other attitudes and beliefs, intentions, and biological factors. It is good to note that something can be both an asset and a vulnerability.

  1. Factors affecting recovery most directly
  • Family

While family can encourage you to ask for help, they can also at times be a hindrance to your recovery. We hope that they will be educated throughout your recovery process and help with support during your recovery.

  • Culture

There is an enormous stigma associated with substance use disorder. Your culture can impact how your attitude is regarding your recovery. This can come from your religion as well. 

  • Neighborhood

Where you live can impact your recovery. The more resources you have in your community, the more likely that you will have a healthy and positive path to recovery. 

  • Social circle

Having people around you who are able to help you through your sobriety is so important. Support groups can aid in keeping you on the right path. 

  1. Factors affecting recovery somewhat directly
  • Multiple pathways to recovery

Recovery Research Institute details “employment, peer-recovery, recovery residences, clinical treatment, recovery community organizations, and faith-based recovery services” as the multiple pathways to recovery.

  1. Factors affecting recovery somewhat indirectly
  • Education

The more higher-level programs available, the more likely someone is to start on the road to recovery

  • Local community attitudes and policies

The general beliefs of those in your neighborhood tend to rub off on you.

  • Media 

The media oftentimes write and talk about addiction in a stigmatizing manner. This can impact whether or not you want to reach out for help.

  • Health and social services 

Funding can affect treatment for those struggling.

  • Business

Tendencies to hire individuals with previous substance use issues can affect recovery.

  • Religion

How your religion supports or does not support recovery and those struggling can impact you and your recovery.

  • Law

Laws can impact substance use disorders and those struggling from then.

  1. Factors affecting recovery most indirectly 
  • National and state policy

Policies are put in place to help those that are affected by them.

  • Funding

Funding for research won’t impact your personal recovery. 

  • Professional associations

Scientific research is important but doesn’t impact someone’s personal recovery.

  • Federal and state agencies

Funding for these agencies helps to regulate, educate, and enforce policies. 

  • The cultural status of recovery

Cultural stigma is widespread. 


If you are struggling with a substance use disorder, call Villa Tranquil Recovery today at 866-697-7573