Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness
Since its founding in 2007, USARA (Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness) has served thousands of individuals recovering from the effects of substance use disorders on the person, families, and the community. Recognized as a Non Profit (501-3C), USARA is Utah’s premier Recovery Resource Community Center. The primary message we communicate tirelessly is that recovery is possible and there are no dreams that are unattainable.
At USARA, we focus on the reality of long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs for individuals and their families in Utah. As a recovery community organization, our goal is simple: to enhance the quantity and quality of support available to people seeking and experiencing long-term recovery from addiction.
We envision a day when public and private policies have been implemented at the local, state, and federal levels to help individuals and families get the help they need to recover, including access to effective care including health and wellness, treatment, peer support and other recovery services. Through advocacy, we can change policies that discriminate against people in or seeking recovery.
Our focus is on the “solution” that involves mobilizing individual and community resources to promote recovery, not specific to clinical services or model of care. One of the founding principles of USARA is that we embrace all pathways to recovery. This principle is embodied in our leaders, volunteers, staff, policies and programs.
In addition to this, we strive to:
- Develop leaders that will create opportunities for people in recovery, family members, friends and allies to express their collective voice, learn new skills and responsibilities, and provide a forum for community service.
- Advocate for meaningful representation for people in long-term recovery and family members on issues that affect their lives.
- Assess needs related to the adequacy and quality of local treatment, recovery support services and other health and social services.
- Assess strengths, assets, and resources available in the community to support recovery.
- Educate the public, policy makers and service providers about the prevalence and multiple pathways of addiction recovery.
- Developing recovery resources and recovery events by expanding public support for addiction treatment, recovery support services, and recovery advocacy while cultivating volunteerism with local communities of recovery and events.