The first national study of what outcomes people with substance use disorders want from their treatment

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Overall, people prioritized survival and improving their quality of life and placed less priority on completely stopping all drug and alcohol use. As a result of treatment and recovery services they also want to reduce harmful substance use, improve mental health, be able to meet their basic needs, increase self-confidence, and connect to ongoing services. To address the national epidemic of substance use disorders, we need to focus on achieving these priority outcomes, while also tailoring services to meet individual needs.Our study also found differences in priority outcomes across race and gender. To achieve these outcomes and address the continuing criminalization of addiction, especially among Black and brown communities, we need to improve cultural effectiveness of services and address systemic racism. We encourage you to share these findings with your networks and incorporate our recommendations, detailed in the report, into your advocacy. The more we can research and invest in a holistic system of treatment and recovery supports for substances use disorders, the more individuals will be able to achieve the outcomes important to them, and thrive in their recovery.   

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