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Blog Post | February 5, 2020

Bridging Prevention and Recovery (BPR)

Bridging Prevention and Recovery 

This week, the SAFE Project team unveiled an innovative new training program for communities at SAMHSA’s Annual Prevention Day in conjunction with CADCA’s 30th National Leadership Forum. 

Sarah Potter, SAFE’s Director of Full-Spectrum Prevention, and Brandee Izquierdo, Executive Director presented “Bridging Prevention and Recovery” to over 100 coalition members from across the country.  The new program is based on a successful SAFE pilot program created by Potter in North Carolina.

Many communities are unaware that prevention and recovery efforts often work in silos.  SAFE’s program teaches community facilitators how to bridge the knowledge and experience of persons in recovery while encouraging collaboration and greater success in prevention with a step-by-step process. 

  • Prevention has a responsibility to create healthy communities.  It brings a level of expertise to planning and implementing effective initiatives while building community capacity.  Working together, Prevention expands the knowledge, skills and abilities of individuals in recovery.
  • Recovery brings significant experience and knowledge to the prevention table while integrating prevention best practices. It also provides awareness and understanding that is a necessary part of prevention planning including trauma, mental health concerns, social isolation, or bullying.  

But by using this integrated approach, Potter said that communities can enhance prevention efforts and maximize impact on preventing future substance use disorder. In the ever-changing climate of substance use disorders, it is important for people in recovery and prevention to find common ground. 

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