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​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 the 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.​
Last updated: 8/10/2018 7:37 PM