The Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) Hosts Successful Multiple Pathways of Recovery Conference in Groton, CT, May 2-4, 2016

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Multiple Pathways of Recovery Conference brought together leaders from the recovery community representing many pathways to share and educate about the various ways to maintain recovery.

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Group shot the last day of the conference!

“This was an amazing conference, I love that it highlighted so many different pathways of recovery. Sometimes people get stuck in their ways and it is refreshing to see other ways.”

After a year and a half of planning the Multiple Pathways of Recovery Conference, CCAR is pleased to report it was an extraordinary event. The Multiple Pathways of Recovery Conference was held May 2 -4, 2016 at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa. Professionals from across the country and the United Kingdom came together to explore the many pathways individuals use to get into and sustain their recovery. Pathways of recovery are not triggers or events that lead to someone initiating recovery: things like a car accident, the birth of a child, getting arrested, divorce, loss of a job, etc. These would be considered pathways to recovery.

Over 30 speakers representing 20 different pathways of recovery presented throughout the 2 ½ days. Pathways represented included: 12 Steps (Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous), Yoga, Carribouddhism/ Nature & Buddhism, Celebrate Recovery, SMART Recovery, Individualized Recovery, LifeRing Secular Recovery, Medication Assisted Recovery, Faith-Based Recovery, Women For Sobriety, Red Road to Wellbriety, Phoenix Multisport, Fit2Recover, Volunteerism and In the Rooms (virtual recovery). The opening keynote was a never before seen video interview of William White by CCAR Executive Director Phil Valentine. SAMHSA’s Tom Hill closed out the conference with an insightful recap of the previous days.

This one-of-a-kind conference brought together old-timers, founders, CEO’s, Executive Directors, Recovery Coaches, Peer Support Specialists, Recovery Center Managers, people in recovery, family members, friends and allies. It gave the attendees an opportunity to network and share experiences and stories. One attendee shared, “This was an amazing conference, I love that it highlighted so many different pathways of recovery. Sometimes people get stuck in their ways and it is refreshing to see other ways.”

CCAR is proud of this conference and the outcome. Feedback from attendees and presenters alike has been strongly in favor of CCAR hosting a similar conference in the near future.

About CCAR:
Since 1998 the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) has organized the recovery community (people in recovery, family members, friends and allies) to put a face on recovery and to provide recovery support services to maintain and sustain recovery. By promoting recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction through advocacy, education and service, CCAR strives to end discrimination surrounding addiction and recovery, open new doors and remove barriers to recovery, maintain and sustain recovery regardless of the pathway, all the while ensuring that all people in recovery, and people seeking recovery, are treated with dignity and respect. CCAR envisions a world where the power, hope and healing of recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction is thoroughly understood and embraced. For more information, visit http://www.ccar.us

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