Our approach is to go far beyond reducing the harms caused by drug misuse, offering every support for people to choose recovery as an achievable way out of dependency. Aurora is a key partner in organizing clinical practices and policy around the principles of recovery-oriented systems of care. This principle results in a model of assertive and sustained recovery management.
Recovery Oriented Systems of Care
Workplace, Family, and Community
Misdiagnosed, untreated or ineffectively treated Substance Use Disorder (SUD) presents a serious risk to workplaces, families and communities. The risk extends far beyond safety concerns. Canadian research shows that the lack of an effective response to addiction disorders results in jeopardizing safety, production, employee morale, job satisfaction and consumption of benefits for workplaces. The financial and emotional damage done to families and communities is immeasurable in terms of the insidious, pervasive and compounding impact. When substance use disorder is addressed, you’re doing more than helping one person; you’re investing in the improvement of the whole system, whether it’s a family, workplace or community.
A workplace that seeks to minimize risk is well-advised to include substance use programs and supports to employee’s families, as well. The same exposure to risk can predictably occur when an employee’s family member suffers from an addiction disorder. Distracted by worry and stress, the employee may contribute to poor production or safety and negatively impact the team.
In the past, societal stigma reduced addiction and mental health to a lack of discipline and many people needlessly suffered or died. We now know that this neurobiological illness is not due to a lack of character. It is a treatable illness that goes into remission given quality, compassionate, expert care.