RECOVERY MODELS ESSAY
Recovery Models & Case Management
The Saskatchewan Model of Recovery has been established and embraced by Alcohol and Drug Services in Saskatchewan as the foundation from within which services are presented to people who are encountering complications as a consequence of their own or someone else’s drug and/or alcohol abuse. It was developed in 1991 through the assiduous hard work of many Alcohol and Drug Services staff that recognized the significance of integrated services providing a holistic approach to treating those affected by substance abuse.
In 1994 the Saskatchewan Drug and Alcohol Commission was disestablished and alcohol and drug services were transferred to the health districts throughout the province. The Saskatchewan model of recovery is consistent with the goals of health renewal, and in 1997 a strategy was developed that would ensure health district participation in maintaining the development of provincial program and practice standards for alcohol and drug services. (The Saskatchewan Model of Recovery Services, 2001)
Throughout this paper I will compare and contrast the pros and cons of the moral model and the harm reduction model against those of the Saskatchewan recovery model. To do this I will thoroughly discuss the various points that give each model their own distinct approach, theories, and characteristics. Some people will be quick to point out that the moral model is outmoded and a hindrance to effective treatment. It is useful to remember that everything from tuberculosis to cancer was once believed to be due to general deficiencies of character in any given patient. Those of us who have struggled with alcoholism or addiction know full well that morality had nothing to do with how we drank or consumed drugs. We had a compulsion that was impossible to explain to others who did not experience this. Others believe the harm reduction model is just an excuse for addicts to keep on using without fear of...