What Are the Core Values of Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care?

By Peter Gamache, Ph.D. & Jackie Sue Griffin, MBA, MS, Turnaround Life, Inc.

Every program rests on certain core values, and the situation’s no different for the development of recovery-oriented systems of care. In the previous post, we’ve covered the basics of these systems. However, for communities and organizations to collaborate effectively on creating and implementing ROSC, it’s beneficial to delve a bit deeper into the core values.

The core values of ROSC are based on providing equal opportunity to individuals looking for treatment, and on recognizing what they need to recover successfully. To accomplish this, they need to be collaborative by nature, accepting of all cultures and religions, and developed in partnership with the community. Let’s have a closer look at the core values of recovery-oriented systems of care:

Guiding Principles of ROSC

There are several guiding principles for the development of recovery systems. The most important principle is developing one through various partnerships. This doesn’t only include partnerships between different organizations and communities but also working with recovering individuals and their families.

Without them, it would be impossible to develop a system that would effectively tackle their recovery needs. However, it is also an important principle to empower the individual to develop their inner strength and resilience when fighting substance abuse.

An effective care model must be evidence-based and focused on both recovery and prevention. This focus ensures the best possible care for affected individuals as well as lowering the number of those who need recovery system services.

Person-Centered Recovery

For ROSC, facilitating person-centered recovery means putting the power in the hands of the individuals. They are allowed to set their own goals and to take their own pathway to recovery. The only thing that is required is persistence on the road to recovery, and it’s beneficial to seek support from a peer network and the community.

Person-centered recovery is supposed to strengthen the individuals’ bonds with their families and communities and encourage everyone to participate. The system is efficient, providing rapid responses in crises, and welcoming of everyone, regardless of their background and prior treatment.

Resources and Activities

Of course, it is up to the ROSC providers and developers to ensure that the resources they provide are up to the standards described within the core values. The resources should have their outcomes monitored as well as performance standards measured to ensure continuous improvement. They should also take into account that every person’s recovery is unique. Providers must acknowledge every person’s right to choose which services they will utilize, along with the help of their support network.

Recovery-oriented systems of care make it possible for individuals to seek effective, long-term treatment based on core values that don’t stigmatize them. What’s more, ROSC provides all the necessary resources they need to take their treatment into their own hands, while still ensuring that recovery is attainable.

Here at Turnaround Life, Inc., we aim to help organizations and programs that make it possible for people to turn their lives around. For more information about us, visit our website.

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