Peers Speak Out: Priority Outcomes
for Substance Use Treatment and Services

In this first national examination of treatment and recovery services outcomes prioritized by people with substance use disorders, nearly 900 people from across the country shared what matters most to them:

  • Staying alive
  • Improving quality of life
  • Reducing harmful substance use
  • Improving mental health
  • Addressing basic needs
  • Increasing self-confidence
  • Increasing connection to ongoing services

Community Catalyst led the research, partnering with Faces & Voices of Recovery and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and guided by a National Peer Council of people with lived experience of substance use disorders.

Identifying what individuals want from treatment lays the groundwork for more effectively and equitably addressing the national epidemic of substance use disorders. The report details the research and findings, and recommends action steps for service providers, policymakers and researchers.

Read the two-page summary for policymakers here.

Read the two-page summary for service providers here.

Read the two-page summary for researchers here.