Addiction is a major worldwide health and social issue that tears apart the fabric of our communities. The prevalence of addiction problems continues to rise all over the world. Addiction leads to substantial morbidity, incurs high direct and indirect costs to the individual and the society as a whole as it results in: unemployment, family disruption, homelessness, criminal activities, increased risk of premature death, social instability and loss of economic productivity. Hence, therapy is an important strategy to address the health and social consequences associated with addictions at individual and societal levels.
There are ranges of available treatments for addiction found to be effective. Strong empirical evidence, pragmatic experiences, research data and expert consensus suggest that self-help groups and utilization of the experience of recovered addicts provide an efficient and cost-effective way to treat addiction. There is also growing evidence that peer support results better rates of achieved abstinence, maintained recovery, improved retention in treatment and other outcome variables including a reduction of risk to the individual and the community.
Peer support by recovered addicts has gained little attention and attracted several negative misconceptions over the years that preclude the development of such skills into a recognized profession. This Federation aims to promote the professional recognition of Recovered Addiction Therapy, to emphasize the need for these skills, enhance our Therapists’ knowledge and attitudes, support their continuous professional development to provide better addiction recovery services.