SAMHSA 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 is built on access to evidence-based clinical treatment and recovery support services for all populations.


Recovery and Recovery Support

Recovery-oriented care and recovery support systems help people with mental health and substance use disorders (SUD) manage their conditions successfully.


The four major dimensions that support recovery

We have organized the Resources based on SAMHSA's four major dimensions of recovery support.



Overcoming or managing one's disease(s) or symptoms and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being. This also includes abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem.   Find Resources


Having a stable and safe place to live. Find Resources



Conducting meaningful daily activities, such as job, school, volunteerism, family Find Resources



Having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope. Find Resources