Recovery and Recovery Support
SAMHSA's working definition of recovery defines recovery as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. Recovery signals a dramatic shift in the expectation for positive outcomes for individuals who experience mental and substance use conditions or the co-occurring of the two.
On March 1, 2022, President Biden announced his administration’s strategy to address our nation’s mental health crisis as outlined in the 2022 Presidential Unity Agenda. To meet this goal, SAMHSA collaborated with federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local partners including peer specialists to develop the National Model Standards for Peer Support Certification.
2 in 3 adults who ever had a mental health problem considered themselves to be recovering or in recovery.
7 in 10 adults who ever had a substance use problem considered themselves to be recovering or in recovery.
50.2 million American adults considered themselves to be in recovery from their substance use and/or mental health problems.
Hope, the belief that these challenges and conditions can be overcome, is the foundation of recovery. A person’s recovery is built on his or her strengths, talents, coping abilities, resources, and inherent values. It is holistic, addresses the whole person and their community, and is supported by peers, friends, and family members.
The process of recovery is highly personal and occurs via many pathways. It may include clinical treatment, medications, faith-based approaches, peer support, family support, self-care, and other approaches. Recovery is characterized by continual growth and improvement in one’s health and wellness and managing setbacks. Because setbacks are a natural part of life, resilience becomes a key component of recovery.
The Four Major Dimensions of Recovery
The Four Major Dimensions of Recovery
Overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms - for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medication if one has an addiction problem- and for everyone in recovery making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being
Having a stable and safe place to live
Conducting meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income, and resources to participate in society
Having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope
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- Statewide Consumer Network Grant FY22
- National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Grant FY20
- Statewide Family Network Program FY22
- Building Communities of Recovery FY22
- Recovery Community Services Program FY20
- Enhancement and Expansion of Treatment and Recovery Services for Adolescents, Transitional Aged Youth, and their Families FY18
- Fiscal Year 2024 Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Notice of Funding Opportunity
- Peer Recovery Center of Excellence
- Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Center – The Family Cafe
- Doors to Wellbeing
- National Empowerment Center TAC
- Peer Support Coalition of Florida
- YouthMOVE Peer Center
- National Family Support Technical Assistance Center
- Tribal Training and TAC
- National Harm Reduction TAC
- National Recovery Month
- Best Practices for Recovery Housing
- Recovery Summit Executive Summary (PDF | 351 KB)
- SAMHSA Inclusion Policy (PDF | 195 KB)
- Allowable Recovery Support Services RSS Expenditures through the SUBG and the MHBG (PDF | 464 KB)
- Recovery from Substance Use and Mental Health Problems Among Adults in the United States (PDF | 439 KB)
- Other Recovery Publications