| 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Educate Others – To support members
in fighting stigma attached to addiction and
to educate their families, friends, and community.
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:
- Empower individuals by recognizing that the
help that members can give to one another is
as effective as the work done in the Clinic.
- Assist members to rebuild their lives, return
to their families, and become productive citizens
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.