The Science of Addiction and Recovery (SOAR)

This 1-3 hour symposium’s goal is explaining addiction as a brain condition and that, very much like other chronic health conditions, recovery is a daily health issue that over 25 million Americans successfully manage. Upon completion of the symposium, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain, using plain language, a) why addicts can’t “just quit and stay quit,” and b) the reasons for the message of hope for recovery, both based on neuropsychology;
  2. Describe how alcohol and other drug use affects priorities and behaviors, and whyrecovery capital and supports are often needed to sustain long-term recovery;
  3. Identify the many pathways to recovery, and where peer and professional help is available for choosing resources that best meet an individual, family, or community’s current needs.

This training spreads the word about recovery and advocates for people who are seeking or in need of recovery. Brief lectures aided by a PowerPoint as supplemented with individual and small group activities, and whole-group discussions. The course content is adapted to the primary audience so that it is appropriate for adolescents, adults, peers/clients, family psycho-education groups, staff in-service trainings, community in-reach events, or community partners’presentations. Many healthcare, behavioral health, social service, criminal justice, and recovery community organizations and community groups have used this training as a cornerstone to building or enhancing recovery-oriented systems of care within an organization and in conjunction with other community-based resources.

A subsequent 6-hour training-of-trainers (TOT) symposium will certify participants to deliver the SOAR curriculum – see SOAR TOT.  Developed by Faces and Voices of Recovery