White Papers Week 3
Bridging the Gap
Embrace and Understanding of the Many Pathways to Recovery
Our broader society, as well as communities of recovery have both limited understanding of (and access to) the many pathways an individual can take to address a substance use disorder. Furthermore, there are prejudices that exist between pathways, limiting our understanding of alternatives, of each other and our ability to help those seeking or are new to recovery. For too long society has had a singular idea of what recovery looks like. We’ve pictured individuals in a circle of chairs encouraging each other and sharing about life’s difficulties. While this form of recovery has worked for countless millions across the world, it is neither the only, nor the ultimate way for all. The prejudices that exist between mutual-aid groups and others can only serve to divide the recovery community and alienate those seeking help.
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Michael Miller was born and raised in the Denver, Colorado area. After struggling for over a decade with the use of heroin and alcohol, several treatment episodes and time spent incarcerated, he began his journey of recovery. Since then, Michael began a successful career in tech start-ups in the Denver area and after volunteering with Young People in Recovery, decided to shift his career towards helping others struggling with substance use disorder. He developed a transitional living program for young men with opioid dependency at Carla Vista partnered with Valley Hope. Following his experiences and success with the treatment community, he transitioned into a role with YPR as a National Chapter Coordinator. Today Michael serves as YPR’s Communications & Chapter Director, coordinating both external communication and its volunteer leaders across the country. In addition to his work with YPR facilitating and developing community organizing and advocacy efforts, Michael has served on Alkermes' Inspiration Grant review board, served on the Steering Committee for the 17th Judicial District’s Drug Court and currently serves on the Denver Sheriff's Department Advisory Board . He is also pursuing his BA in political science. In his personal time, Michael enjoys spending time reading, painting and enjoying Colorado’s outdoors with his wife Kasha and their dogs Chula and Petey.