AFIRM Mission Statement
AFIRM is a group of methadone maintenance treatment providers,
and other interested parties. We support methadone maintenance as
treatment and as an effective tool of recovery.
We believe that methadone is a successful form of treatment that
can be enhanced by the integration of other treatment approaches.
Our mission includes the education and training of health providers
and the community regarding the benefits of methadone treatment.
To fulfill this, we promote the development and proliferation of Methadone
Anonymous and other 12-Step fellowships, clinical treatment alternatives,
public relations initiatives and other political advocacy.
Who we are. . .
AFIRM was founded in 1995 to promote a new 12-Step program, Methadone
Anonymous, and to integrate this 12-Step philosophy into traditional
treatment modalities. Over the years, our focus has expanded to
counselor wellness and strong consumer participation.
What we do. . .
Assist clinics and detoxification units in establishing Methadone
Provide methods for incorporating spirituality and stage-change
into traditional treatment settings
Advocate for the integration of a more holistic treatment
Facilitate changes in the relationships between providers and consumers
to create partnerships that emphasize parity, identification of self, and
Conduct counselor wellness workshops and in-service training
Educate and sensitize the treatment community and the general public
at regional and national meetings and conferences
Conduct outcomes research to verify the legitimacy of our treatment
Our goals for the future. . .
Support and finance a National Methadone Anonymous Conference
Enhance and supplement ongoing education and training currently
available to practitioners and consumers
Instill within the treatment community a more client centered and
Develop a strong consumer-driven infrastructure to improve consumer
self-esteem and perceived self-efficacy
Establish a national Methadone Anonymous "hotline" for consumers and
their families, as well as those not yet in treatment
Expand and enhance outcomes research
Obtain additional funding for our activities through grants and other
To learn more. . .
If you would like to learn more about AFIRM or need assistance in
developing a Methadone Anonymous or counselor wellness program, contact