Your Recovery Solutions (YRS) is a loosely organized group of individuals who share options and opportunities to improve access to and outcome of care for persons with substance use disorders (SUD), mainly related to opioids and/or alcohol, in the borderland of southwest New Mexico. Also, we meet and plan ways to improve organizations and systems for SUD. Most persons participating in this informal committee are professionals who have worked in the drug treatment field or are advocates seeking investments and improvement in local services for SUD. The committee members are dedicated to harm reduction principles and any policies, processes or practices to lessen the negative or dangerous consequences of drug or alcohol use without requiring absolute abstinence or complete substance cessation. Most typically, the following public health evidence-based best practices are promoted: syringe or needle exchange, Narcan overdose training/intervention, HCV/HIV counseling/testing and linking to treatment as appropriate, Hepatitis A/B vaccinations, Opiate Replacement/Substitution Therapy (OR/ST) with methadone or buprenorphine, Moderation Management for Drinking, and outreach to incarcerated populations in jails and prisons. We view ourselves as SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS, desiring to do both good and well. We believe in everyone’s ability to experience hope, healing, and health when properly stimulated, educated, and supported. Committee members may volunteer to support community awareness campaigns about drug/alcohol dependency and addiction; serve in local coalitions or councils that address drug or alcohol use/misuse/abuse issues, particularly social stigma; or operate a helpline/hotline to identify and refer substance dependent persons to appropriate organizations for medical and/or behavioral care and for human and/or social services. Many committee members make speaking appearances with presentations or offer in-service trainings on subjects related to substance use disorders. Committee members may also write letters to state legislators and newspaper editors to try to collect support or gather influence for funding or policy changes related to drug and alcohol services. Some committee members may perform coaching, consultant, or contractor services with paid compensation when consumers or providers request such expertise on a short term or continuing basis. A description of such activities is included in this website’s section on Services.
Our community partners help us to make the most of very limited resources. Several organizations regularly make space and other assets available to our committee members on a temporary basis for office and small group activities as their clinic schedules and patient services permit. Our Committee has become a virtual Addiction Resource Center in Las Cruces and surrounding cities/towns in Dona Ana County. In October 2018 we became formally associated with the Amador Health Center for a SAMHSA/CSAT grant funding award.