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Colorado's Statewide Strategic Plan for Substance Use Disorder Recovery: 2020-2025


Colorado has a strategic plan to reorient systems, clinical care, and communities to promote recovery. Recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.

The plan, published by Colorado Health Institute, makes clear that recovery happens in communities. Clinical treatment can provide a bridge to recovery, but an individual’s recovery is supported by safe and stable housing, having a meaningful work or another daily activity, and good mental health and physical well-being.

The Recovery Advisory Committee – with input from hundreds of recovery experts, people in recovery and other communities’ members statewide – outlined a vision for Colorado’s future recovery-oriented system of care. The four critical building blocks include:

Whole-person approach to recovery
Integrating community voices
A recovery-oriented system of care
Best practices for promoting recovery



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