Office of National Drug Control Policy

ONDCP Excel Forty-First Row

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Action Item Name: 
Foster the Expansion of Community-Based Recovery Support Programs, Including Recovery Schools, Peer-Led Programs, Mutual Help Groups, and Recovery Support Centers
Action Item Description: 

Recovery support programs provide less formal, more enduring support than the professional treatment system, which makes them highly appealing to people in recovery.

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A key example is recovery schools, which educate high school and college students in an atmosphere that supports students’  recovery. The Department of Education will make itself available for consultation to agencies and school districts that support recovery schools. SAMHSA will fund recovery support efforts through Access to Recovery (see section A, above) and through grants to develop local recovery-oriented systems of care. In addition, government funded clearinghouses, websites and help-lines will be encouraged to maintain updated lists of mutual help groups (e.g., Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, Women for Sobriety) and to provide them as a potential resource to individuals seeking help for substance use disorders.

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