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.
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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.
- Video: Anyone can become addicted to drugs
- Video: Why are drugs so hard to quit?
- Surgeon General’s report: Facing Addiction in America
- Toolkit: A guide to reducing addiction-related stigma
- Read: personal stories of recovery, and add your own
- Article: King County employee models recovery to empower others
- Oxford House - for people in recovery from addiction
- Oxford House brochure
- Family and Adult Coordinated Entry Sites for people experiencing homelessness (Department of Commerce)
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:
- A Common Voice
- Changes Parent Support Network
- National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
- National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
- Passages (Spokane) - serving adults, family and youth