People can and do recover from addiction. 1 in 10 Americans identifies as having previously had a substance use disorder.


Recovery is a journey— different for each person— that often begins with addiction treatment but lasts well after the treatment period is over.

There is no single definition of recovery and there are many paths to finding long-term wellness.  It’s important that people seeking recovery from SUD are given guidance from care providers and empowered to choose a path that supports their health and wellbeing.

Like other chronic diseases, such as cancer or heart disease, recovery support for SUD helps patients manage their condition. Most people recovering from severe SUD need ongoing monitoring and long-term recovery support.

There are four main dimensions to recovery:

  • Health—overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.

  • Home—having a stable and safe place to live.

  • Purpose—engaging in meaningful daily activities and having the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.

  • Community—having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.


Young People in Recovery:

Faces and Voices of Recovery:

Transforming Youth Recovery:

Recovery Research Institute:

The Phoenix:

  • Recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSC): a coordinated network of community-based services and supports that is person-centered and builds on the strengths and resiliencies of individuals, families, and communities to achieve abstinence and improved health, wellness, and quality of life for those with or at risk of a SUD. (SAMHSA)

  • Recovery support services (RSS): incorporate a full range of social, legal, and other services that facilitate recovery and wellness. RSS also facilitate linkage to and coordination among providers and other supports that have been shown to improve quality of life for people in and seeking recovery as well as their families.

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