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Recovery Support Tools and Resources

Learn about the process of recovery. Find recovery support tools and resources for behavioral health professionals, peers, parents, and families.

Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) provides basic and advanced tools and resources to behavioral health professionals across the country. Recovery support tools and resources include:

What Is Recovery?

Through its engagement with key stakeholders, SAMHSA developed the following working definition of recovery:

Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.

This definition does not describe recovery as an end state, but rather as a process. Complete symptom remission is neither a prerequisite of recovery nor a necessary outcome of the process. Recovery can have many pathways that may include professional clinical treatment; use of medications; support from families and in schools; faith-based approaches; peer support; and other approaches. There are four major dimensions that support a life in recovery:

  • Health: Learning to overcome, manage, or more successfully live with symptoms and making healthy choices that support one’s physical and emotional wellbeing
  • Home: A stable and safe place to live
  • Purpose: Meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteer work, or creative endeavors; increased ability to lead a self-directed life; and meaningful engagement in society
  • Community: Relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope

Learn more about of SAMHSA’s Recovery Support Strategic Initiative.

Last Updated: 09/28/2017