Since 2008, the biennial No Wrong Door to Recovery Conference (NWD) has provided participants with opportunities to learn skills, develop new coping strategies, and identify resources available to support and maintain addiction recovery. NWD is an educational and inspirational experience designed by consumers for consumers, highlighting the breadth of the Commonwealth’s Recovery Community and its Recovery Support Services. The Recovery Workforce has come to rely on the conference as a source for continuing education credits. The day will include recovery stories of many different pathways of recovery, resources to enjoy and maintain recovery, and ways to share the message of recovery to address the stigma associated with addiction. The day end with a closing ceremony and evaluations, which seek input on this conference and ideas for the next conference in 2020.
As a result of attending this conference, participants will have:
- Increased awareness and knowledge about the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, its role, and how to access treatment and recovery services
- Increased awareness hope and awareness of accomplishments in recovery after active addiction
- Increased awareness on how stigma and discrimination about how drug and alcohol addiction have impacted the lives of people in recovery.
- Increased awareness and knowledge about medication assisted treatments and recovery
- Increased knowledge of peer recovery supports, how to get involved, and how it prevents relapse and empowers sustained recovery*
- Increased awareness and knowledge about specific issues impacting the recovery community such as overdose prevention, hepatitis C, smoking, gambling and mental health and resources and tools to deal with them
- Increased knowledge about recovery community advocacy and the personal empowerment stemming from sharing one’s recovery story
- Increased awareness and knowledge about the impact addiction and trauma has on fathers, woman, youth and other family members and resources to support recovery
- Increased awareness of how using culture as a strength contributes to sustainability in recovery