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NIDA TV Spotlight: "Recovery: What's Research Got to do with It, Part I"

NIDA TV presents Faces and Voices of Recovery's Executive Director, Pat Taylor, who is interviewed by NIDA's Office of Science Policy and Communications Director, Dr. Jack Stein. Pat Taylor shares thoughts about, "Recovery: What's Research Got to do with It?"



Dr. Stein: Hi. I'm Jack Stein, the director for NIDA's Office of Science Policy and Communications and I'm honored to be here with Ms. Pat Taylor who is the executive director for Faces and voices of Recovery. Pat, welcome it's great to have you here.

Ms. Taylor: I'm really appreciate the opportunity Jack.

Dr. Stein: I wondered if you could start by just telling us briefly about-Face and Voices of Recovery and the mission of the organization.

Ms. Taylor: Thank you for asking. We are a national organization up growing internationally as well we have over 30,000 members all across the country.

People and organizations working to promote recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

Dr. Stein: So what's research got to do with it all?

Ms. Taylor: Well research is a really important part about this because Jack will the exciting think that's been happening over the last 10 years all across the country, is the development of innovative services that support people in the recovery for the long haul.

We have recovery high schools we have collegiate recovery programs we have recovery community centers in over forty-three communities across the country right now. These are places on Main Street where people are finding in supporting their recovery in the community for the long haul.

We have very little evidence about the effectiveness of this we know that it's working from anecdotal experience in also from information that's being a collected by many of these programs we haven't really put this all together in an organized way to be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of these programs.

And they really need to be ramped up we know they're working, but in order to make that happen we have to demonstrate the effectiveness of these critical programs.

Dr. Stein: What would you say is the most important question that needs to be researched to help you do a better job?

Ms. Taylor: I think there are two areas, actually one is just understanding recovery.

We recently conducted a survey over 3,000 people in recovery called the "Life in Recovery Survey." It was the first time that we've been able to document what people's experiences were in active addiction, as well as in different stages of recovery.

So we really need to be able to research what people's experiences are and also what their needs are in terms of supports, and social services and other kinds of activities to help them manage their recovery for the long haul. So that whole area of what is the recovery experience is a really important one.

Than the other areas what we were just talking about which is peer and other recovery support services. I mean we have spent so much money trying to understand the problem and so little money trying to understand the solution and that's what this research is all about in terms of peer recovery support services.

People recover in the community and we need to invest in understanding what services and support are working for them so that if someone is you know has five years of recovery from addiction they may need a particular service and support.

We need to make sure that what is out there is what they need, what they want, and that it is available as well. In order to do that we really need to invest in a research, again...on the solution.

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