How Communities can be more Supportive of Addiction Recovery

Edited by Paul Alexander

Last updated September 15, 2016

Recovery from addiction is a collaborative effort. While individuals in recovery must make changes in their lives, having support from family, friends, and their community can make these transitions easier. In recognition of September being National Recovery Month, we’re taking a closer look at some of the ways that communities can support addiction recovery.

Host Sober Events

If you’re holding a get together – be it personal or for an organization – make it a sober one. This allows those in recovery, as well as people who prefer not to drink, to participate more comfortably and without pressure to drink. They can go and have a good time knowing they are in a substance-free environment.

Hire Individuals in Recovery

Transitioning back into the workforce can be difficult. People in recovery want to work hard, put their talents to use, and hold down a stable job. Sometimes they just need someone willing to overlook their past and give them a chance. Change is possible. Be the person who mentors, coaches, and trains individuals to maximize their potential and advance in their career.

Advocate for Treatment, Prevention, and Education Efforts

Whether you’re in recovery yourself or know someone in recovery, support efforts to raise awareness about addiction and get people the help they need. Whether you’re attending a recovery event, speaking about addiction prevention at a local school, or volunteering to raise funds for research, your participation makes a difference. Every little bit helps.

Northbound is proud to provide addiction treatment that equips individuals with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to thrive in recovery, but clients still need support from the community. Recovery communities are an integral part of long-term recovery and providing motivation and support. Addiction treatment at Northbound is just the beginning to a healthier, more fulfilling life in recovery.

Join the conversation on Facebook and let us know how you support addiction recovery where you live!

Article Reviewed by Paul Alexander

Paul AlexanderPaul Alexander is the founder and CEO of Northbound Treatment. He received his Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist training at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, and was awarded Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2002. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society, Summa Cum Laude, from University of California, Irvine, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. He believes wholeheartedly in transformational leadership, organizational health and effective, fully integrated substance use disorder treatment.


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