Responsible Addiction Treatment Promotes Many Pathways to Recovery
Contemporary research in the field of addiction science, particularly in response to the national opioid epidemic, reveals that a one-size-fits-all approach to recovery is not optimal in the treatment of opioid addiction.
The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have helped millions of people around the globe recover from alcoholism. When AA was founded in 1935 and for decades after, the 12 Steps were virtually the only means of recovery visible and available to people with alcohol use disorders.
Experts now suggest effective treatment of opioid addiction should incorporate multiple avenues to recovery.
Riverbank House provides exposure to and experience with the 12 Steps through the evidence-based practice of Twelve Step Facilitation (TSF); regular supervised attendance at local 12 Step meetings is a daily habit for members of our community.
The 12 Steps, however, are one of many pathways to recovery honored by Riverbank House.
In response to contemporary addiction science, our program offers exposure to multiple recovery pathways such as Smart Recovery, the resources of the Buddhist Recovery Network, the practice of mindfulness, and an eclectic menu of self responsibility practices.
Riverbank House is the only addiction rehab in Northern New England to actively practice and advocate for the “many pathways to recovery” approach endorsed by experts.
“Recovery occurs via many pathways. Individuals are unique with distinct needs, strengths, preferences, goals, culture, and backgrounds—including trauma experience—that affect and determine their pathway(s) to recovery. Recovery pathways are highly personalized. Abstinence from the use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications is the goal for those with addictions.”
– Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
“No single treatment is appropriate for everyone. Treatment varies depending on the type of drug and the characteristics of the patients. Matching treatment settings, interventions, and services to an individual’s particular problems and needs is critical to his or her ultimate success in returning to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and society.”
– National Institute on Drug Abuse
“We believe that everyone has a right to recover from addiction to alcohol and other drugs and that there is no one path to recovery. There are a growing number of pathways that people across our country are taking on their recovery journeys. There is no one pathway to recovery and the journey can be guided by religious faith, spiritual experience or secular teachings.”
– Faces and Voices of Recovery, National Recovery Advocacy Organization
“Recovery from substance use disorders can be achieved in many ways and through multiple different pathways.”
– The Recovery Research Institute of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital