How will the Recovery Academy support people?
Making communities safe, healthy places is essential if people are to recover. We will help develop community awareness of the benefits of recovery. We will advocate for ‘recovery houses’ solely for people who are drug- and alcohol-free and trying to rebuild their lives. We will also support and encourage social projects aimed at people in recovery such as recovery cafes, sports clubs and creative groups. We will do this by building links with existing community organisations and networks.
We will also continue to develop ‘recovery coaches’ who mentor and give practical assistance to people in early recovery and ‘recovery champions’ who advocate for recovery and demonstrate the benefits of recovery through their own lifestyles. In addition, we hope to hold an annual parade during International Recovery Month in September to celebrate recovery.
What are the benefits of a Recovery Academy?
The Recovery Academy will make sure the authentic voice of recovery is heard, not only within the addiction services but also at community and national (policy making) level.
We will build on the emerging evidence base of recovery from addiction. We want to develop an alliance of service users, professionals, allies and families. Specifically, we want to develop and empower leaders within the recovery community.
Above all, we want to give a voice and hope to recovering drug users, recovering alcoholics, those with behavioural addictions and those stills contemplating detox and treatment that recovery is not only possible, but achievable.