Georgia is in the process of shifting the way services are delivered to people facing challenges with substance use and abuse and mental health. These challenges have been treated as illnesses requiring critical care, similar to a broken bone or a traumatic fall. We have focused our energy on getting people into hospitals or treatment facilities, provided critical care services for a period of time and released many of these individuals form care.
We recognize that both mental health challenges and challenges with substance abuse are chronic life-long health conditions requiring life-long attention and care. The systems of care in Georgia and in many other places across the United States are shifting their focus, recognizing that we must be more attentive to a continuum of care that might include a period of critical care and also attention and care prior to that critical care and certainly following it.
Georgia’s Recovery Definition- 2013
Developed by the Georgia Recovery Initiative
Recovery is a deeply personal, unique, and self-determined journey through which an individual strives to reach his/her full potential. Persons in recovery improve their health and wellness by taking responsibility in pursuing a fulfilling and contributing life while embracing the difficulties one has faced.
Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, along with a number of advocacy partners and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, is a driving force in shifting the care from a “Medical Model”, i.e. critical care focused, to a Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC). A peer workforce, invoking their lived experience as a credential for inviting others to recovery and providing supportive services well into a life in recovery, is a cornerstone of the ROSC.
GCSA provides a training providing a clear and concise explanation with easily understandable examples of the differences between these two models and data supporting this refocus of services and supports. This Training can be offered to provider organizations, behavioral health advocacy groups, persons in recovery and their families or as a public service in communities. We also offer this workshop for individuals and organizations thinking about providing peer support services.