Recovery Supports 


Recovery support services refer to community services that can provide emotional and practical support for patients and families in recovery substance use disorders and finding and maintaining long-term recovery.

Mutual Aid Groups

Mutual aid groups, such as 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or SMART Recovery, provide ongoing support for people with substance use disorders. The groups are free of charge and held in a community setting or online. Groups rely on peer support rather than professional services, and create a space for people in recovery to share experiences, build relationships, and offer encouragement and hope.

Learn more: “The Guide to Mutual Aid Groups,” Faces and Voices of Recovery

Peer Recovery Support Services

Peer recovery support services, such as recovery community centers, help patients remain engaged in treatment and/or the recovery process by linking them together both in groups and in one-on-one relationships with peer leaders who have direct experience with substance use disorders and recovery. Depending on the needs of the individual, peer leaders may provide mentorship and coaching, or help connect individuals to treatment, 12-step groups, or other resources. Peer workers may also facilitate or lead community-building activities, helping recovering individuals build alternative social networks and have drug- and alcohol-free social opportunities.

To find local recovery resources, visit Faces and Voices of Recovery.

Recovery High Schools

Recovery high schools are designed for students recovering from substance use disorders. They are typically part of a larger school or set of alternative school programs within the public-school system, but recovery school students are separated from other students by means of scheduling and/or physical barriers. Such programs allow adolescents newly in recovery to be surrounded by a peer group supportive of recovery efforts and attitudes, and clinical support services.

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Collegiate Recovery Programs

Collegiate recovery programs are represented by many types and levels of support services for students. They can include community meetings, clinical support services, residential services, and other recovery-friendly activities on campus.

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