Just My Two Cents
David Sampson, MSW, LMSW, Mariners Inn CEO
Recovery Oriented System of Care: Peer Recovery Support Services and the Necessity for Recovery Housing
It is my firm empirical, professional, and personal belief that peer recovery support services and recovery housing are essential elements to ensure the type of long-term sobriety necessary in helping to rebuild communities that have been devastated by the disease of addiction.
The Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC) supports the provision of peer support services delivered by people who have been successful in the treatment and recovery process themselves. At Mariners Inn, we recognize that a homeless person’s substance-related issues cannot be treated apart from addressing the needs of the whole person in the context of his or her environment.
Therefore, we strive to provide a comprehensive service to address people’s various safety, health, social and material needs; Recovery Housing. Recovery Housing is one of those necessarily relevant needs by people in recovery and one of our most essential services. Recovery Housing allows us to provide person-centered, consumer-driven, and ongoing recovery support services for individuals as an integral part of the treatment process during the post-acute stages of recovery.
I have witnessed countless success stories, listened to an endless amount of testimonials, and read volumes of surveys from people who we have helped. It never wavers that the overwhelming sentiment surrounds who they made contact with while in treatment. In other words, alumni and peers provided the type of “identity” and “role-modeling” that proved recovery is possible and real. We believe that recovery housing is central to attaining treatment goals in safe environment surrounded by like-minded people with the common goal of long-term sobriety.
Research has shown that individuals living in appropriate housing designed to promote health, wellness and long-term abstinence are more likely to be successful. Recovery housing is given high priority as a treatment intervention because it ensures that a proper transition to community reintegration can be experienced by the people we serve.
Finally, aside from the very important and traditional roof over someone’s head, the Mariners Inn Recovery Housing program will provide the type of case management services that will help alleviate the anxiety associated with premature community reintegration and include vocational counseling, individual & group therapy, leisure activities, and the coping skills necessary to move into independent community living on a long-term basis.
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