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Recovery Conversations


“Recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.” (SAMHSA)

While effective screening for alcohol use is critical, using the best practices for creating a compassionate and open conversation will enable patients to share their consumption levels and if they are a person in recovery. Knowing how to address this when a person “screens out” is important towards supporting that person’s sobriety. And for those in recovery, it is important to know how to speak about it with your health care team.

We’ve created a two part video series titled Recovery Conversations. These are intended to be viewed by non-addiction health professionals and by those in recovery. The goal is to ensure that opportunities are not missed to support a person in their journey towards wellness.


What does long term recovery mean and can I really make a difference?

Listen to a candid conversation between C. Shawn Yardley and Pat Kimball as they explore what long-term recovery means and the opportunity for providers to really make a difference when holding brief conversations with patients and make the best opportunity from each patient encounter. As busy providers, we know that your time is limited and that these conversations are uncomfortable and often not successful, so how can you improve your chances of engaging your patient in meaningful conversations about this important issue?” Repeated conversations help. Hear the voice of recovery as they also explore what and how persons in recovery can share important information with their health care team.

How can a provider engage with a person in long-term recovery and why does it matter?

Learn from two addiction experts, Stephanie Nichols, PharmD and Mark Publicker, MD share important prescribing considerations for people in recovery, the risks and options.



Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician’s Guide U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism NIH Publication 07–3769

Pharmacotherapy for Adults With Alcohol Use Disorders in Outpatient Settings: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis