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:

Peer support

Many counties and treatment providers include peer support in their service options.

Recovery cafés

Mutual support groups are groups of individuals with similar life experiences, supporting each other during the recovery process.

Employment and housing resources

Tools and information


For housing assistance

For employment assistance