Date of Award

Fall 12-16-2021

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Jessica Brown, Aaron Suomala Folkerds


recovery, aftercare, alternatives



Recovery environments are a crucial role in any individual’s journey to achieve sobriety. A safe environment will allow people who have a history of substance use to work their program effectively and decrease their relapse potential. The purpose of this paper is to identify multiple recovery-based programs for new professionals and providers entering the field of substance abuse treatment that allow their clients to have the best opportunity to succeed with their personal goals. The main programs discussed in this paper include 12 step programs, SMART Recovery, Harm reduction, and Medication Assisted Therapy. Choosing the right program for clients can be a challenge and the information provided in this paper will help identify interventions that align with the client’s core beliefs for them to have the autonomy to choose what they feel is the best route for their recovery. A training (Recovery Networking) will be provided that corresponds to the topics discussed in the literature review.

Keywords: recovery, aftercare, alternatives

Included in

Counseling Commons



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