Dr. Stein: Hi, I am Jack Stein and I'm the Director for NIDA's Office of Science Policy and Communications and I'm here with Tom Hill who is the Director of Programs at Faces and Voices of Recovery. Tom thanks for joining us.
Mr. Hill: Absolutely Jack.
Dr. Stein: Tom, can you please tell us, how have communities responded to the development of recovery based organizations?
Mr. Hill: Well, I think the fact that that recovery is out there in a visible and and vital kind of way is something that people can ignore now.
So it's like first of all they see it something that they didn't know existed before then they've realized this could be very beneficial for the larger community as well.
So, a lot of those RCO's that we call them, or 'Recovery Community Organizations,' have built really strong stakeholder relationships in their communities.
And...made themselves, you know we always say we learned this from the disability community, nothing about us without us. And part of that is that that, in the past services and policies were figured out without the benefit other recovery community pitching in and giving their perspective.
So by adding our perspective to that we like to think that things are enriched in a whole new way.
Dr. Stein: And how do you see the research community participating in work with you?
Mr. Hill: Well,Jack one of the things that I think is holding us back more than ever you know the Affordable Care Act has given us a great impetus to sort of step up to the plate in a new way.
The thing that's holding us back I believe is the lack of evidence based practice for peer services.
On the ground, I go all across the country. I know I hear first hand, I see it with my own eyes that there is practice based evidence but we have not had the resources or their research rigor to go through the process to develop evidence-based practice.
And that's what essentially we are being called on to do. So, with this little game of catch-up involved and we need help developing the practices that we know work and developing evidence base for those.
Dr. Stein: Great. And what drives you to do this on such a passionate level.
Mr. Hill: Well, I'm a person in long-term recovery so I when I talk about peer recovery support services the basis for that is lived experience of addiction and recovery.
And it's one of the things, my recovery has really propelled me in giving me the passion to be a part of this big change movement, this big sea change is happening.
In terms of making recovery visible and making the recovery community a vital part of policy and services and supports their happening.
So,I have a personal investment but I've also gotten some training and education to be apart of this larger system and I, you know, it's just something that is a day-to-day passion and something that I've responded to.