Food, shelter and clothing are the three basic necessities for all human beings. For those individuals healing from active substance use, the lack of stable alcohol and drug-free living environments can make it difficult for them to build and sustain their recovery. Unsafe or risky living spaces can derail the recovery process for even the most determined person who wishes to become abstinent or reduce harm.
Dear State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Director:
Last month your agency received the first installment of the new Opioid State Targeted Response (Opioid STR) grant funding. As you fine-tune your strategic plan for these funds, we ask that you invest some of these funds to develop an ongoing infrastructure that allows recovery housing to be available as an essential resource for helping individuals achieve long-term recovery.
Recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs is defined as a dynamic change process through which
individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. In other words, recovery is not solely based on abstinence from using drugs and alcohol, but involves improved functioning across all sectors of person’s life such as work, physical health, and relationships with friends and family.