Rebuild and Restore: Support Individuals and Families in Rebuilding Their Lives
The lives of individuals and their families can be dramatically altered—or, too often, destroyed—by addiction. SAMHSA identifies as the four major dimensions that support a life in recovery as:
Drug addiction makes it hard to function in daily life. It affects how you act with your family, at work, and in the community. It is hard to change so many things at once and not fall back into old habits. Recovery from addiction is a lifelong effort.
- Health: Overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms
- Home: Having a stable and safe place to live
- Purpose: Conducting meaningful daily activities (job, family caretaking, and resources to participate in society, etc.)
- Community: Having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope
Ways Your Community Can Help Recovering Individuals:
- Provide help with employment readiness, housing, transportation, food, clothing, or child care.
- Designate a community leader to connect people to essential services by creating a database or using United Way 2.1.1.
- Offer life readiness and coaching programs for formerly incarcerated citizens reentering society.
- Coach families on financial management.