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SAMHSA Principles of Recovery
(Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

    • There are many pathways to recovery.
    • Recovery is self-directed and empowering.
    • Recovery involves a personal recognition of the need for change and transformation.
    • Recovery is holistic.
    • Recovery has cultural dimensions.
    • Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and wellness.
    • Recovery is supported by peers and allies.
    • Recovery emerges from hope and gratitude.
    • Recovery involves a process of healing and self-redefinition.
    • Recovery involves addressing discrimination and transcending shame and stigma.
    • Recovery involves (re)joining and (re)building a life in the community.
    • Recovery is a reality. It can, will, and does happen.

 Source: CSAT White Paper: Guiding Principles & Elements of Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care

SAMHSA Working Definition of Recovery

Recovery is a process of change whereby individuals work to improve their own health and wellness and to live a meaningful life in a community of their choice while striving to achieve their full potential.