What is Recovery? SAMHSA Working Definition


SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration's Working Definition of Recovery

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration’s Working Definition of Recovery

What is “Recovery“?  How can you tell if you are in recovery?  Heading toward it?  Providing helpful support encouraging recovery instead of a punitive system full of obstacles and challenges that make it too easy to fail?  SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)has asked these questions and provided ten guiding principles of recovery to give some guidance on the subject:

The State of Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services

The State of Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services

Ohio MHAS (Mental Health & Addiction Services) site echoes this on their page:

  • Ohio MHAS Definition of Recovery

    Through BRSS TACS, Ohio developed a working definition for recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. ODMH and ODADAS worked in partnership with stakeholders, advocacy groups and peers to develop the definition. This process involved a half day facilitated discussion, input through both departmental websites, and dissemination for public review. The resulting Ohio definition of recovery is not to be taken in isolation. It is intended to be accompanied by SAMHSA’s 10 Guiding Principles of Recovery. 

    “Recovery is the personal process of change in which Ohio residents strive to improve their health and wellness, resiliency, and reach their full potential through self-directed actions.”


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XIX Recovery Support Services serves to increase the understanding of substance abuse, connect to treatment/recovery resources and reduce the stigma of addiction.

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