Recovery Support Being Evaluated by National Experts


SAMHSA expert recovery support research panel. August 2018.


Report from Technical Expert Panel for Recovery Support Services

SAMSHA, Washington DC

August 2018


Deb Dettor, Director of Recovery Support Services for Anchor Recovery Centers, just returned from Washington, DC where she participated in a technical expert panel on research and evaluation for Recovery Support Services.  Deb was asked to present on Recovery Community Centers, and reports she was greatly honored to be invited to speak about this and other topics under study.   She was joined by top researchers, state systems leaders, national funders and recovery service directors from across the country; and returned inspired by her learning and input to help guide the development of national research priorities.   These research findings are critical to establish evidence based practices for recovery support.  Most promising about recovery support services is that they lead to better recovery outcomes with a significantly lower price tag.  Current research indicates that 50-60% of individuals with addiction will achieve full sustained remission.  Studies are underway to determine how the use of community based recovery support will improve this statistic.


Six domains have been identified within the Recovery Support Services field that emerged in the early 2000’s, and are: mutual aid, continuing care, peer based recovery support services, recovery community centers, recovery housing, and education-based recovery support.  The Providence Center’s Anchor Recovery programs are grounded in this new field, with Anchor viewed as a national leader in developing new models like the Jim Gillen Teen Center, Anchor ED (recovery coaching in hospital emergency rooms), MORE (mobile outreach recovery coaching)and DOC-based recovery coaching (prison and re-entry based).  TPC’s Anchor Learning Academy was established as a recovery high school that includes educationally-based recovery support principles.  All of these Anchor programs are on the frontier of this exciting movement, helping more people find their way to long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.