Recovery Reform Now is pleased to be working with Senator Ricardo Lara of California on SB 1228 The Substance Use Disorder and Patient Protection Act. Our advocacy team is fighting for access to quality recovery housing and insisting that sober homes meet basic standards that prevents fraud and mandates emergency plans for overdose, naloxone training, and compassionate care managing relapse.
Recovery housing is not treatment. It’s a place for someone to live after completing treatment and leaving to build a life that supports and sustains their recovery. We know that if a person is able to put together five years of sustained recovery after being treated for addiction they have 85% chance of not relapsing in the years afterwards. Recovery support takes many forms and each person has unique needs. The peer to peer 12 step meetings are the most well known type of support but all aspects of a person’s life – “people, places and things” must add to person’s recovery rather than bring them closer to a relapse or create risk. The most important element in a newly recovering person’s life is having a safe and supportive place to live.
Our goal is for their never to be a day when someone goes through the pain of withdrawal, the rigors of treatment only to leave and relapse immediately because they were in an environment that created and high risk situation.
Senator Ricardo Lara introduced this bill and we are aggressively working for it to become a law.
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