Last Updated: December 2014
Author: Alcohol & Drug Abuse Programs, Vermont Department of Health
Individuals with addiction have complex lives. There is also shame associated with the disease of addiction and can result in isolation for those struggling. This isolation prevents people from accessing positive supports that are needed to recover from addiction. Socials supports include non-professional or peer-driven organizations devoted to helping individuals who have addiction related problems and include self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), supported housing, recovery coaching, faith-based services, after-school activities, as well as substance-free gathering places such as the recovery centers. The Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs (ADAP) collects information about the level of social supports at both treatment admission and discharge and has set a goal of increasing the level of social supports at discharge over that at admission. Current data indicates that 65% of those receiving outpatient and Medication Assisted Therapies (MAT) in Vermont have no social supports on admission. Only 45% of the population has social supports on discharge.