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Published on: 10/7/2014 3:20 PM

Recovery from mental disorders and/or substance use disorders: A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

Through Recovery Support Strategic Initiative, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has delineated four major dimensions that support a life in recovery:

  • Health: overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms-for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and on-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem- and from everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional wellbeing.
  • Home: a stable and safe 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; and
  • Community: relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.


How to Help Your Ill Family Member

A great deal of misinformation exists regarding the legal requirements for communication between mental health providers and family members of a person with a severe biological brain disease. Among those is a requirement that consideration must be given to relevant evidence presented by family members and to the historical course of a person’s illness. A two page form has been developed to help family members present this information to mental health providers, which you can find below in the following threshold languages.

For family members to provide information to providers/clinical staff - AB1424 Form