Most 12-Step Recovery Programs are derivatives
of the principles and traditions embodied in the
concepts of the inspirational Alcoholics Anonymous
(“AA”). AA’s success did not
go unobserved and its principles were adopted
by others seeking relief from various forms of
addictive behavior (“Anonymous Groups”).
Offshoots of the Anonymous Group, in turn, spawned
a huge network of recovery programs. Depression,
gambling, narcotic addiction, emotional dependency,
and nicotine addiction are just a few of the Anonymous
Groups in existence today.
As a result of the tremendous growth and canonization
of the 12-Steps, many believe the original 12-Steps
of AA to be all-inclusive, and not to be tampered
with – sacred. While there is great respect
for the AA model, certain populations (i.e. recovering
opiate addicts) require specialized handling to
formulate the most effective recovery support
Although the majority of Anonymous Groups are
quite successful in assisting their members, traditional
peer-based support groups often cannot meet the
needs of the recovering opiate addict in Methadone
maintenance and detox treatment programs. Most
Anonymous Groups mandate that the member adhere
to a program of total abstinence, where success
is achieved solely by unfalteringly abiding to
certain criteria without exceptions. Subsequently,
the supportive element for improvement (short
of total abstinence) in a recovering addict’s
condition, whether it is a decrease in drug usage
or an improvement in the ability to deal with
the adversities of life, is simply not there.
Therefore a non-abstinent, though “recovering”
addict may easily become disheartened and be made
to feel like an outcast in an intended to be “supportive”
environment. The resulting alienation can nullify
any anticipated therapeutic effect of such groups.
Realizing the need for revision of AA’s
principles, Keys To Recovery© (“KTR”)
was founded to directly address the needs of recovering
opiate addicts. Additionally, it is in the implementation
of the concept of “Harm Reduction”
that differentiates Keys To Recovery© from
traditional Anonymous Groups.
Keys To Recovery© is comprised of local
chapters that conduct their operation and meetings
in accordance to Key To Recovery’s Policies,
Procedures and Protocols (“P, P&Ps).
However, each such group is independent of one
another and has full autonomy. Each chapter’s
members have sole discretion in the implementation
of their meetings. There is no chain of command
or hierarchy, nor is one member superior over
Each chapter is expected to provide support and
advice to other chapters on a voluntary basis.
No chapter will take adversarial action against
other KTR chapters and competition among chapters
is not welcomed.