Mission, Goals and Objectives

The Mission

Keys To Recovery© is an independent, non-profit organization committed to providing peer-based, self-help meetings for individuals who are recovering addicts. Keys To Recovery© endorses fifteen “keys” to recovery (hereunder detailed in paragraph XIII), and applies the “Harm Reduction” approach. The realization that traditional peer-based support groups frequently fell short of meeting the needs of recovering opiate addicts lead to the formation of KTR as a viable and effective alternative. KTR will afford recovering addicts the opportunity to receive non-judgmental peer-based support that was previously unavailable.

Goals

  1. Support System – To provide recovering addicts and patients with a peer established and run support system independent of any provider or other authority that specifically addresses the obstacles they face in their recovery efforts.
  2. Share Experiences – To establish channels of communication among recovering addicts, allowing them to share their experiences in a supportive and protective environment without fear of repercussions.
  3. Achieve and Sustain Recovery – To provide advice and comfort to its members, helping them to gain control of and improve their lives in an effort to achieve recovery from addiction.
  4. Protective Venues – To arrange for protective venues where recovering addicts can meet, and to continually expand efforts to bring KTR meetings into every community in need of recovery fellowships.
  5. Educate Others – To support members in fighting stigma attached to addiction and to educate their families, friends, and community.

Objectives

Keys To Recovery© will serve as a vital addition to individual treatment plans developed by Aegis and other addiction recovery providers. KTR will help individuals achieve and maintain sobriety, as well as:
  1. Empower individuals by recognizing that the help that members can give to one another is as effective as the work done in the Clinic.
  2. Assist members to rebuild their lives, return to their families, and become productive citizens once again.
  3. Enhance member self-esteem and well being through the acknowledgement that addiction is a physiological condition, which should be treated like any other illness. Additionally, although it is not necessarily solely the fault of the addict, it is accepted that no recovery can take place without a commitment from the recovering addict.
  4. Help to establish relationships with other recovering addicts. These relationships are vital to recovery as they have the ability to replace social interaction with non-recovering addicts which could hinder recovery efforts.
  5. Endorse the benefits of science, Harm Reduction standards and the use of clinical intervention. It is crucial to acknowledge that people who have abused opiates cannot recover “cold turkey”. The recovery may require a sustained effort over a period of years.
  6. To note that every improvement matters, and to recognize any amount of progress. Although total abstinence is the ultimate goal, it would be impractical and possibly very damaging to ignore lower levels of relative success.