Building Resilience, Wellness and Recovery
Building Resilience, Wellness and Recovery: A Shift from an Acute Care to a Sustained Care Recovery. In 2004, IRETA began facilitating a leadership group to develop a common vision for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. This monograph summarizes the group's work.
Initially, the group explored the question: "Is substance dependence an acute or chronic condition?" They concluded, based upon the definition of a chronic illness (see Wagner, 1998), that substance dependence most often becomes a chronic illness and that the vision for a model should comprehensively address substance use disorders effectively, accountably and in a manner similar to other chronic illnesses like depression, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS and asthma.