SAMHSA's Working Definition of Recovery
A Life in Recovery
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 the Recovery Support Strategic Initiative, 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 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;
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.
Each of our email updates will include featured resources that promote recovery. This month’s features include:
Designing a Recovery-Oriented Care Model for Adolescents and Transition Age Youth with Substance Use or Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders
Reports on a meeting convened to determine essential elements of a recovery-oriented system of care for youth and to build bridges between the substance abuse and mental health fields as well as other critical systems in the lives of youth and their families.
Financing Recovery Support Services: Review and Analysis of Funding Recovery Support Services and Policy Recommendations
Reviews Federal, State, and private sources of funding for recovery support services and highlights innovative approaches used by States to fund such services. Includes recommendations to enhance recovery support services throughout the continuum of care.
Shared Decision Making in Mental Health Decision Aid: Considering the Role of Antipsychotic Medications in your Recovery Plan
This resource includes materials that support shared decision making, such as issue briefs and tip sheets, workbooks, videos, and an interactive decision aid on medication-assisted therapy.
These resources and many others can found at SAMHSA's Recovery Resource Library.