Life in Recovery from Addiction in Canada Survey Report (2017)
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), together with the National Recovery Advisory Committee, conducted the first Canadian survey of people in recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs. This survey provides a wealth of information about recovery in Canada that can inform healthcare providers, decision makers and the public as they work towards building a system of care and a society that supports the principles of recovery and celebrates recovery.
What Does this Study Mean for You? The survey findings show that recovery is achievable and leads to positive citizenship and positive life outcomes. People use different paths in their recovery journey, as shown by the variety of programs and informal supports reported by participants. However, participants also described problems accessing treatment, financial barriers with privately funded treatment services and facilities, stigma and discrimination, and other barriers to recovery. These findings help us better understand what a system of care that supports recovery ought to look like. For example, such a system would offer a wide range of coordinated treatment, as well as support services in communities. Importantly, those services would be accessible and timely, as long wait times and financial challenges were among the common barriers mentioned by people who completed the survey. The results from the Canadian LIR survey can inform healthcare providers, decision makers and the public as they work toward building an effective system of care and a society that promotes and celebrates recovery.
CCSA is developing a resource for service providers and decision makers to increase knowledge about the principles of recovery, and the types of policies and practices that can help reduce barriers and create a system of care that supports recovery. This will be a living resource that can be updated as new research or practices become available, or as additional tools are needed. Visit CCSA’s website to access this resource and others as they become available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in sharing examples of policies, practices or tools that support recovery, or if you have suggestions for new tools or resources that can be developed.
National Summit for Addiction Recovery
The Summit was held on January 27 & 28 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario. This Summit was the first of its kind in Canada, a historic event involving fifty of Canada's leading minds on the topic of Recovery, Treatment, Research and Education. Health Minister Rona Ambrose spoke and offered her support as well as offer her gratitude for a meeting of this kind. Participants achieved consensus on Canadas first Nation Commitment on Addiction Recovery.
Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse (CRISM) - Intervention for substance misuse is a pressing and complex health issue that requires evidence-based approaches, an understanding of the biological, psychosocial and social factors and an acknowledgement of the important impact of cultural and societal contexts in order to be truly effective. Many intervention modalities exist and are known to have excellent results, yet they have not been widely implemented.
CIHR-INMHA has developed CRISM, a national research consortium in substance misuse. This consortium will be unique for substance misuse research in Canada in that it will focus on translation and implementation and be cross-pillar in nature. CRISM is modeled after the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Clinical Trial Network.
In 2014, CIHR provided infrastructure funds to establish 4 regional CRISM Nodes, one each located in BC, the Prairies, Ontario, and Quebec/Atlantic.
The overall objectives of the CRISM network are to:
Identify and/or develop the most appropriate clinical and community-based prevention or treatment interventions for substance misuse;
Provide evidence to support the enhancement of prevention or treatment services regarding substance misuse to decision makers and service providers; and
Support improvement in the quality of care and quality of life for Canadians living with substance misuse.
The Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) will set strategic direction (with respect to research priorities and opportunities for collaboration across the CRISM network), resource allocation and staffing for the Prairie Node, and will provide strategic oversight of initiatives to secure complementary funding
A NATIONAL CELEBRATION
Recovery Day was first celebrated in the cities of Vancouver and Victoria, BC on September 30th, 2012 as a public display of the freedom from addiction. Since then, the movement has spread throughout Canada, encompassing communities large and small, from East to West. We come together in the month of September to build awareness, challenge societal stigma, and celebrate the role that recovery plays in improving the lives of millions of Canadians. Calgary came on board in 2013 and hosted the first every recovery day in Calgary at Olympic Plaza.
BE AN ALLY. JOIN US IN SEPTEMBER!
During the month of September, Canadians in recovery from addiction join with friends and family to build awareness, challenge societal stigma, and celebrate the role that recovery plays in improving the lives of individuals, families, workplaces and communities.
We believe that recovery saves lives.
We envision a world in which recovery from addiction is a common, celebrated reality - a world where individuals will not experience shame when seeking help.
We are passionate about sharing our stories of recovery in the hope of inspiring others to join us on the rewarding yet diverse path to wholeness.
Together we will demonstrate the power and proof of recovery from addiction.
To find out how you can get involved, contact your local city committee or email email@example.com