Recovery Support Services

People can and do recover from addiction and mental health disorders. 

In 2010, leaders in the behavioral health field, including people in recovery from mental health and substance use problems, met to develop a common, unified working definition of recovery.  Building on these efforts, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) adopted a working definition and 10 guiding principles of recovery.  The 10 guiding principles are that recovery:

  • Emerges from hope
  • Is person-driven
  • Occurs via many pathways
  • Is holistic
  • Is supported by peers and allies
  • Is supported through relationships and social networks
  • Is culturally-based and influenced
  • Is supported by addressing trauma
  • Involves individual, family and community strengths and responsibility
  • Is based on respect

A common understanding of recovery helps peers, families, and the community work together to improve behavioral health.  SAMHSA's working definition of recovery is:

Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

In addition to traditional treatments, many individuals and families increase their recovery by reading, using self-help tools, and joining peer support groups and organizations. The following organizations and resources may be helpful to you in learning about recovery and recovery tools.

Recovery Resources

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