Recovery from alcohol and drug problems is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness and quality of life.

This is the working definition according to SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration.

10 Guiding Principles of Recovery:

  • Recovery emerges from HOPE
    Recovery is PERSON-DRIVEN
    Recovery occurs via MANY PATHWAYS
    Recovery is HOLISTIC
    Recovery PEER SUPPORT is supported by peers and allies
    Recovery is supported through RELATIONSHIP and social networks
    Recovery is CULTURALLY-BASED and influenced
    Recovery is supported by addressing TRAUMA
    Recovery involves individual, family and community STRENGTHS  AND RESPONSIBILITY
    Recovery is based on RESPECT

What does an individual need in order to sustain long term recovery?

  • Health--Overcoming or managing one's disease (s) or symptoms--for example illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem--and for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional wellbeing.
  • Home--A stable and safe place to live. The www.findrecoveryhousing.com website has become an invaluable resource for anyone looking to find a safe and sober place to live.
  • Purpose--Meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society.
  • Community--Relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love and hope.
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