A people with substance use disorders and the outcomes

A Certified Peer Recovery Advocate
can influence a community through advocacy from a unique viewpoint. Their experiences provide real-life examples for establishing the needs of people with substance use disorders and the
outcomes of public policy on substance use disorder
recovery success. The CPRA should not undervalue their ability to impact access to suitable, competent, and effective quality treatment for people with
substance use disorders. The CRPA is in an outstanding position to share with many community leaders the importance of suitable substance use disorder
services offered to its
residents.

 

Substance use disorder treatment access, costs, and successful outcomes are a big part of many political agendas. Although community
leaders are regularly tasked with taking positions on many substance abuse proposals, it’s the CRPA who really comprehends the issues and because of personal experience
should be deemed as reliable and trustworthy by the public. It is important
that the CPRA prepares themselves to be able to speak up where decisions on
policy are made. This gives the CRPA a chance to educate community leaders by including their experiences and knowledge into the conversation.

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The many opportunities the CRPA has observed personally the positives and negatives of the current system which allows them to identify the needs and concerns related to the care that people with
substance use disorders receive. When the CRPA has
the ability to share personal experiences and
insights with community leaders, they can advocate for their clients and the
client’s family successfully
and become an influential power in the policy-making procedure. Whether the CRPA is
advocating for improved
access to treatment or better
funding for drug awareness education, their personal
experience reinforces the ability to persuade community
leaders to produce the
needed changes concerning
care and services in a array
of areas.

 

Although personal experience can bring awareness to issues, alone
it does not offer good solutions.

The CRPA also needs the capability to examine these personal experiences so they can propose positive changes and encourage community leaders to make
these changes. The CRPA
should improve the skills that allow them to partake in the public policy
process. The CRPA should provide information to assist the community in understanding the problem, and solutions. This could be through generating coverage in the local media,
distributing flyers, social media, and organizing presentations to local community groups.

 

The cost and shortage of access to substance
use disorder treatments make it problematic for some people to obtain the care they need in
order to recover. Discussions with people with substance use disorders, neighbors, and the general
public can bring awareness to these situations and help the CPRA address insufficient funding and access to services and the effect this has on people with the substance us disorders.

 

The CRPA can affect education of substance use prevention by advocating in school systems. The CRPA can become involved in the
community and attend school board meetings to share the undesirable impact substance use has on a community. It’s vital for the CPRA to share the destructive impact on the community and use their
knowledge and personal experience to educate and advocate for change. The CRPA can advocate for the
lack of drug prevention education with school parents, teachers, principals, and school boards. Statistics
and information on drug use in our youth can help build a case to establish how important drug prevention education is for the
community. By educating students, parents, and school administrators, the CPRA
helps them to become great allies to effect needed changes to increase drug prevention education for students in the school
systems.

 

The CPRA can influence substance use disorder
treatment through their associations and personal
experiences in their various agencies. Perhaps a given agency is considering
implementing a new program. A board meeting may be held to facilitate a
discussion about the proposed program for that agency. The CPRA could join the board meeting and offer information about why the
proposed program would be a good idea. Based on
personal experiences, The CPRA can stress the benefits of the suggested program. The CRPA could explain the possible impact of the program for clients
in the agency, including
the effect of the program
on client care, the length of time a client would attend the
program, scheduling issues, and expected benefits of the program such as enhanced client care, positive
outcome, and client satisfaction.

 

Often,
funding for one program competes with funding for another program. Thus, it is essential that the CRPA gain a broad understanding
of the different programs in their agency that may be seeking funding in order
to better impact the discussion about funding allocation. Doing this will help
secure the funding needed for the new program be suggested.

 

The CRPA can also impact legislation. Providing information to elected
officials can be a source of significant influence. As a representative of the peer advocate community involved in the policy making procedure, the CRPA has the opportunity
and the obligation to offer correct and up to date information. This opportunity requires the
CRPA to be ready to discuss
the issue accurately, that
information be based on reliable research, and the facts be double checked and presented in a straightforward understandable way.

 

The first step in this process is to concentrate on a specific problem or issue. The issue could be as simple as wanting to give public acknowledgement to a person or event or focusing on an issue that has a more
complicated nature. The issue needs to be communicated to a community leader who believes the issue is worth addressing
through the legislative process and who will work with legal counsel to develop a bill. Once the bill is established, the legislator will contact colleagues to gain support for
its introduction. A bill is usually initiated only after some backing for the suggested piece of legislation has been obtained. An elected official who is well
respected and who sits on a committee can carry significant weight in
this process and can best assist the bills advancement. The CRPA’s approach must be amiable and given in a spirit of cooperation with the hope of attaining the wanted outcome.

 

The CRPA has the experience, knowledge, and skills to be excellent advocates. The CRPA can generate change by engaging in
the advocacy process in the community to influence substance use disorder treatment access, cost, and
quality. The abilities the
CRPA needs to become an effective advocate includes the capability to develop a well-defined and extensive understanding of the issues, to know who needs to be advocated to, and
to know how the proposed solution will affect the problem being addressed. The CRPA should earn the confidence and respect of the community by
being as well-informed as possible on the issue being
addressed. The CRPA has so
much to offer: their understanding, persistence, and the courage of their
convictions. The viewpoints
of the CRPA, personal experiences, and our passion
for what we do are valuable tools for creating
lasting change.