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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.

How would you address children's behavioral health? Serious gaps still exist in mental health care. These gaps are a result of chronic underinvestment over many decades in mental health promotion, prevention, and care. Youth Peer Liaison, Evelyn Clark, gives a talk on how she would change children’s behavioral health if she had a magic wand.

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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:

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

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

You can call the Washington Recovery Help Line 24/7 for emotional support and free, confidential referrals to treatment and recovery resources for substance use, mental health and problem gambling.

You can also contact the following organizations:


For housing assistance
Email: Housing_Assistance@hca.wa.gov

For employment assistance
Email: Employment_Assistance@hca.wa.gov