Recovery support services assist people seeking recovery, newly in recovery, or in long-term recovery. These services support the ability of a person to achieve success in his or her pursuit of sustained, long-term recovery. With the growing understanding that addiction is a chronic illness, there has been a parallel growth in the development and provision of recovery support services by paid and volunteer peers and other professionals. Recovery support services are an adjunct to professional treatment.

Peer and other recovery support services include sustained posttreatment checkups and support that parallels the kinds of posttreatment monitoring used in other chronic disorders like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Recovery support services are tailored to fit the needs of each individual. For example, if a person has a criminal ...

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