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A Bridge to Recovery on Campus

This New York Times article highlights the experiences of two students participating in the Rutgers, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program. The article goes on to discuss the Association for Recovery Schools and highlights collegiate recovery programs on the campuses of Case Western Reserve University, Augsburg College, and Texas Tech. 

A Comprehensive and Comparative Review of Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Outcome

There are relatively few studies on adolescent sub: stance abuse treatment. The ones that exist tend to be methodologically weak. 

Access to Recovery (ATR): Approaches to Recovery Oriented Systems of Care: Three Case Studies

This white paper has been prepared as a resource for States, communities, and organizations planning for, embarking on, or well into systems:change efforts intended to develop, sustain, or enhance components of recovery:oriented systems of care. While States, communities, and organizations each face unique challenges and opportunities, the lessons learned by those that have already begun this process can serve as an invaluable resource to other States and communities, offering not a template for action but a menu of options and strategies for readers’ consideration. This paper is intended to offer snapshots of promising approaches and is designed to serve as a starting point for discussion. Using the principles and elements as a point of reference, this document will provide a brief overview of CSAT’s Access to Recovery (ATR) program and will describe the activities and operations of three States that have taken steps toward the development of recovery:oriented systems of care through ATR grants: Connecticut, Washington, and Wisconsin. 

Addiction Recovery Management

This power point presentation highlights how the disease of addiction works and the brain functions and reactions that accompany the disease. The slides go on to explore the five theories of addiction. He then reviews methods of treatment followed by an exploration of recovery capital, recovery management, recovery resource mapping, and recovery:oriented systems of care. 

Adolescent Treatment Its History and Current Renaissance

It is anticipated that adolescent treatment in the coming decades will make major advances in such areas as early intervention strategies, clinical engagement and retention techniques, and the ability to match particular interventions to particular subpopulations of clients. 

Advances in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment

Alcohol and other drug use among adolescents has been a public health problem for decades. Although some substance use may be developmentally routine, a concerning number of adolescents meet criteria for a substance use disorder and could greatly benefit from a quality treatment experience.

America’s Dropout Crisis: The Unrecognized Connection to Adolescent Substance Abuse

Substance use remains at high levels among high school students in the U.S. Given troubling statistics regarding high dropout rates and poor readiness skills among our nation’s high school students, it is urgent that we recognize the contribution of substance use to these problems. 

Assertive Continuing Care Protocol: A Clinician’s Manual for Working with Adolescents After Treatment of Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse Disorders

Studies by the research group at Chestnut Health Systems, and other adolescent treatment researchers indicate that 60 percent or more of treated adolescents return to substance use after residential treatment within the first 3 months of discharge.

Augsburg College StepUP Cultural Integration Model

This document outlines the cultural integration model of Augsburg College’s StepUP program. Outlining the assumptions, conditions, and resources of the program followed by the relevant activities and the intermediate outcomes and impacts of the program offerings. 

Briefing on Substance Use Treatment and Recovery in the United States

Substance use disorders are complex conditions that are progressive in nature and negatively impact all facets of society: individuals, families, communities, businesses and the public at large. The systemic burden of untreated substance use disorders is costly. The good news is that prevention; intervention, treatment and recovery support services for substance use problems are highly effective and yield impressive savings to society. However, in preventing and treating these conditions, the substance use treatment and recovery field faces disproportionate challenges compared to other specialty health care sectors. These challenges include stigma, lack of health care coverage, inadequate funding, a workforce crisis and a system that primarily provides acute care for this chronic condition. To more effectively address these challenges, the treatment and recovery field has adopted a public health approach to implement the principles and elements of recovery:oriented systems of care. The substance use treatment and recovery field is committed to the continual improvement of service systems that provide substance use prevention; treatment and recovery support services and to creating paths to healthier and better lives in the community for all individuals. 

Campus Recovery Programs: Integrating Relapse Prevention Strategies Into Comprehensive Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention

Classes of Substance Abuse Relapse Situations: A Comparison of Adolescents and Adults

Research in the process of relapse has uncovered important developmental differences in the situations that make adolescents and adults most vulnerable to relapse after substance abuse treatment.

Evaluation of Chicago Preparatory Charter High School

The principal goal of the grant to the Center for Health Policy and Program Evaluation (CHPPE) was to provide an external evaluation of the implementation, feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of the Chicago Preparatory Charter High School (CPCHS) program partially funded by the Foundation. 

How Visionary Leaders are Shifting Addiction Treatment Toward a Recovery-Oriented System of Care

The Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Great Lakes ATTC) is part of a national network of Addiction Technology Transfer Centers funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA, CSAT). The ATTC’s primary goal is to help elevate the quality of addiction treatment by designing and delivering culturally competent, research:based training, education, and systems:change programs for addiction treatment and allied health professionals.

If You Build It, They Will Come: Building and Sustaining Effective Campus Recovery Programs

The U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention convened its Training Institute “If You Build It, They Will Come: Building and Sustaining Effective Campus Recovery Programs” August 2–3, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The goals of the training were to (1) Understand the history of collegiate recovery communities in college settings and the need for supporting college students in recovery; (2) Identify key components of successful collegiate recovery communities; (3) Learn about different program models and approaches to implementing successful collegiate recovery communities; (4) Obtain information and skills needed either to start a campus recovery program or build upon an established program; and (5) Access Center resources and services, and network with others involved with collegiate recovery communities. The participants included 66 representatives from 53 colleges and universities, state prevention organizations, community groups, and law enforcement agencies. This document contains the PowerPoint slides from this conference.

The Insight Program: A Dream Realized

Traci G. Bowermaster, Lead Teacher and Special Education Teacher at the Insight Program, a recovery high school in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, explains how her school was created and how it has evolved.

Peer-based Addiction Recovery Support: History, Theory, Practice, and Scientific Evaluation

The history of addiction treatment and recovery in the United States contains a rich “wounded healer” tradition. For more than 275 years, individuals and families recovering from severe alcohol and other drug problems have provided peer-based recovery support (P:BRS) to sustain one another and to help those still suffering. Formal peer-based recovery support services (P:BRSS) are now being delivered through diverse organizations and roles. The goals of this monograph are to 1) define P: BRS and P:BRSS, 2) present a brief chronology of P:BRS in the United States, 3) discuss the theories and principles that guide the design and delivery of P:BRS services, 4) illustrate the current varieties of P:BRSS, and 5) review the scientific studies that have evaluated P:BRS and specialized P:BRSS. The monograph closes with a discussion of the strengths and vulnerabilities of peer:based recovery support and professionally directed addiction treatment services. 

Peers Influencing Peers: Substance Abuse Patterns Among Students in Recovery Schools

Research suggests that the unique academic and behavioral needs of recovering students may be met within alternative learning environments such as recovery-based schools.

Positive Youth Development: A Literature Review

This memo is a companion to the PowerPoint slide deck detailing the best thinking and national best practices of the youth development field. After defining the topic and exploring its philosophical and research background, this memo details the practical strategies, promising practices, and barriers to expansion of this approach. A brief, preliminary section on the implications for Providence concludes the memo. In time, depending on the emerging strategic thinking of Learning in Communities / Providence, an expansion of this concluding section on implications for the city may be warranted.

The Potential Protective Effect of Youth Assets on Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Use

This study supports the view that specific youth assets may protect youths from alcohol and drug use.

Preliminary Outcomes from the Assertive Continuing Care Experiment for Adolescents Discharged from Residential Treatment

In many treatment systems, adolescents referred to residential treatment have the most serious alcohol or other substance use disorders and are at high risk of relapse.

Protecting Adolescents From Harm: Findings From the National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health

Family and school contexts as well as individual characteristics are associated with health and risk behaviors in adolescents. The results should assist health and social service providers, educators, and others in taking the first steps to diminish risk factors and enhance protective factors for young people.

Rationale for Including Recovery as Part of the Educational Agenda

This resource is an overview of a volume describing the systems of support within the educational community available to young people in recovery.

Recovery-based Education Program Impact

Summary of adolescent and young adult issues applicable to education and recovery and assets of recovery-based programs.

Recovery High School

Digby Diehl tells the story of Recovery High in Albuquerque, New Mexico, an alternative school for substance-abusing adolescents.

Recovery High Schools A Descriptive Study of School Programs and Students

This study of 17 schools provides the first systematic description of recovery school programs and their students.

Recovery High Schools in Massachusetts: A Promising Comprehensive Model for Adolescent Substance Abuse and Dependence

The purpose of this report is to present the concept, and describe early implementation findings, of the Recovery High Schools in Massachusetts. 

The Recovery School Movement: Its History and Future

For almost three centuries people recovering from severe alcohol and other drug problems have created sanctuaries for sharing experience, strength and hope. History suggests that when the vacuum of need reaches critical mass, recovering people, their families and visionary professionals coalesce into movements that birth new structures of recovery support. It is that exact process that birthed the recovery school movement in the United States. This article reviews the birth and evolution of recovery schools in the United States and suggests that the growing network of recovery schools is an important new resource for the individuals and families served by addiction professionals.

Risk and Protective Factors for Alcohol and Other Drug Problems in Adolescence and Early Adulthood Implications for Substance Abuse Prevention

The authors suggest that the most promising route to effective strategies for the prevention of adolescent alcohol and other drug problems is through a risk-focused approach. 

Substance Abuse Intervention and Treatment Guide for Schools

The purpose of this guide is to help schools work with adolescent substance abuse issues in a supportive manner.

Summary of Adolescent and Young Adult Issues Applicable to Education and Recovery and Assets of Recovery Based Programs

Our results support the proposition that healthy adolescent development has roots in multiple contexts. Youth who were involved in contexts that provided positive resources from important others (ie, parents, schools, and communities) not only were less likely to exhibit negative outcomes, but also were more likely to show evidence of positive development. These findings provide important implications for intervention and prevention efforts and, more generally, for the promotion of positive, competent, and healthy youth development.

Treatment of Adolescents with Substance Abuse Disorders

Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs) are best practice guidelines for the treatment of substance use disorders, provided as a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).

Supporting Students in Recovery on College Campuses: Opportunities for Student Affairs Professionals

Despite the significant attention that drugs and alcohol receive on college campuses, few resources and supports are available to students who are recovering from an addiction. Student affairs professionals are uniquely positioned to support these students with a variety of strategies. This article summarizes what is currently known about college students in recovery and ways that student affairs professionals can help build an infrastructure of formal and informal supports for this underserved and at:risk student population.

Ways to Promote the Positive Development of Children and Youth

This brief discusses the elements and features that define positive youth development and highlights some ways to support the positive development of children and youth. Specifically, this brief addresses the critical role that particular out-of-school time settings—namely, regular family dinners and organized activity programs—can play in supporting adolescents’ development. 

Where Does The Data Direct Us? Addiction Recovery Management and the Role of 12­‐Step Mutual Help Resources

In this power point presentation Dr. Kelly, provides the background and context for addiction recovery management, the rationale and conceptualization of addiction recovery management, discusses mutual:help organizations, and elaborates on the role of mutual—help organizations in recovery for young people.