What is recovery support?
Recovery is defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as "a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential." People can and do recover from addiction and mental health disorders. Find tools to help.
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Four major dimensions that support recovery
- Health—overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.
- Home—having a stable and safe place to live.
- Purpose—conducting meaningful daily activities and having the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.
- Community—having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.
Understanding substance use disorders
Stories of recovery
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.
Connecting with recovery in community
The following organizations and resources may be helpful to you in learning about recovery and recovery tools:
Many counties and treatment providers include peer support in their service options.
- Orting Valley Recovery Café
- Recovery Café Clark County
- Recovery Café Spokane
- Everett Recovery Café
- Seattle Recovery Café
- SODO Recovery Café
- Recovery Café Jefferson County.
- Find a clubhouse close to you.
- Additional recovery in community sites.
Mutual support groups are groups of individuals with similar life experiences, supporting each other during the recovery process.
Employment and housing resources
- Foundational community supports – help with jobs, housing, and living independently
- Oxford House - for people in recovery from substance use disorder
- Oxford house vacancies
- Family and Adult Coordinated Entry Sites for people experiencing homelessness (Department of Commerce)
- Housing and Recovery through Peer Services (HARPS)
Tools and information
For housing assistance
For employment assistance