ARC to Target Recovery-to-Work Model in Strengthening Substance Abuse Program

ARC to Target Recovery-to-Work Model in Strengthening Substance Abuse Program

Widespread misunderstanding about addiction and recovery negatively influences public programs and employer practices, limiting the effectiveness of strategies that aim to move recovering addicts back into the workforce. Limited knowledge and negative attitudes about substance abuse raise barriers to returning to a productive life. The Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) Substance Abuse Council recently published 14 recommendations for action based on feedback from listening sessions across Appalachian communities. Among them is engaging broad-based recovery efforts that rely on coalitions once substance abuse is recognized as a community challenge. “ARC should use its presence in Washington, DC and its partnerships with state governments to promote an understanding of the rationale for recovery ecosystems,” the report suggests. “Strong partnerships should be promoted among state and regional workforce and economic development agencies, local government, and treatment and recovery groups.”

 

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