a) A group of people, sometimes led by a therapist, who provide each other moral support, information, and advice on problems relating to some shared characteristic or experience: a support group for opiate addicted persons.
a) Keys To Recovery© (KTR) is an independent, non-profit organization committed to providing peer-based, self-help meetings for individuals who are recovering addicts. Keys To Recovery© endorses Fifteen “keys” to recovery (as detailed in paragraph XIII), and applies the Harm Reduction approach. The realization that traditional peer-based support groups frequently fell short of meeting the needs of recovering opiate addicts lead to the formation of KTR as a viable and effective alternative. KTR will afford recovering addicts the opportunity to receive non-judgmental peer-based support that was previously unavailable.
b) Although each chapter of Keys To Recovery© is a part of an organization with a statewide structure, each local chapter is independent in its day-to-day operations.
a) Meetings are open to all recovering addicts regardless of race, sex, religion, etc., as long as a member: i) Is not in breach of the code of ethics. ii) Does not violate the confidentiality policy. iii) Is not destructive to other members in the group.
a) Keys To Recovery© does not have any mandated fees for membership, nor are there fees required to attend meetings.
a) Members have no vested rights other than their membership and participation in the meetings. However, members will have the right to the following: i) Participate in meetings. ii) To volunteer and become the chairperson, secretary or treasurer of a chapter. iii) In case of more than one volunteer, members have the right to vote for the chairperson, secretary and/or treasurer. Such a vote will be done by simple majority and without a quorum requirement. iv) Members may expel or revoke the rights of members upon an 75% majority vote and a quorum of at least 4 members.
a) Confidentiality: All members are required to maintain strict confidentiality. All information spoken or heard during the meetings are not to be disclosed to third parties or other than the group and chapter members. Third party may include any medical staff, parole and probation officers and judges. Meetings should be considered a safe haven for members.
b) From the organization’s point-of-view, all members attend on a voluntary basis.
a) Meetings are to be held on a regular weekly basis, with each session lasting at least 60 to 120 minutes long. The facility for the meeting can be either a community or a medical facility, and should be accessible to all members (i.e.: transportation, ADA accessible, churches, schools, clinics and medical facilities after hours). The facility should be accessible and sage.
b) Also, the group session does not have to meet a quorum requirement and can be as small as two members. If the meeting does not take place in a particular week, members do not have to reschedule for later that week. The meeting will resume the following week as scheduled.