Recovery: Principles to Service Practices


RTP Image.jpgIn 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched a Recovery to Practice (RTP) Initiative designed to promote recovery-based practices in the delivery of addiction-related services. The following six professional associations were funded to develop and deliver training curricula to hasten the integration of recovery and recovery-oriented concepts and practices with their respective arenas: NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, American Psychological Association, Council on Social Work Education, and National Association of Peer Specialists.

NAADAC's contribution to this project included the development and refinement of nine webinars aimed at promoting recovery-oriented practices by addiction professionals. All titles are now available for free viewing 24/7 at, and NAADAC members can earn free CE certificates. The nine webinars include the following:

Defining Addiction Recovery

What Does Science Say Reviewing Recovery Research

The History of Recovery in the United States

Defining Recovery-oriented Systems of Care (ROSC)

Understanding the Role of Peer Recovery Coaches in the Addiction Profession

Including Family and Community in the Recovery Process

Collaborating with Other Professions, Professionals, and Communities

Using Recovery-oriented Principles in Addiction Counseling Practice

Exploring Techniques to Support Long-Term Addiction Recovery

NAADAC has also established a Recovery to Practice (RTP) Certificate Program designed to promote awareness, acceptance, and adoption of recovery-based practices in the delivery of addiction treatment and recovery support services. Completion of the Certificate Program demonstrates advanced education in recovery-oriented concepts, skills, and practices. Readers interested in the RTP Certificate Program may get additional information by clicking here.

It was a great pleasure for me to help present four of these nine webinars, and I am delighted that they remain available to addiction professionals and recovery support specialists.