Recovery Care and Support Services

Recovery care and support services help people with a history of substance use disorders make informed, healthy choices to maintain a life free of substance misuse.

What is Recovery?

Recovery & Recovery Support
The belief that people can overcome their substance abuse challenges is the foundation of recovery. Recovery addresses the whole person and their community and is supported by peers, friends, and family members

National Recovery Month
Every September, the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who are recovering.

Recovery: Counselor Resources
Recovery is a process through which people improve their health and wellness and strive to maintain a life free of substance misuse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse provides healthcare provider videos, toolkits, guides and more.

Recovery: The Many Paths to Wellness
The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health reviews the facts about substance misuse and how to use that information to address the issue. Chapter 5 focuses on Recovery

Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS-TACS)
BRSS TACS helps programs, systems, states, territories, and tribes as they implement effective recovery supports and services for people of all ages and diverse populations with mental illness or substance use disorders.

Recovery Resources and Tools

Self-Help and Recovery Support Groups for Addiction
This list points to many community organizations to help support those in recovery from substance abuse disorders. SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Locator highlights a variety of services available to those in need.

Opioids Epidemic Practical Toolkit: Helping Faith and Community Leaders Bring Hope and Healing to Our Communities
This toolkit, developed by the HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, contains practical steps that your organization can take to bring hope and healing to people suffering the consequences of opioid abuse disorder.

Recovery Community Organization Toolkit - PDF
The toolkit contains core strategies that organizations around the country have used to develop strong local and statewide recovery groups. Learn the keys to starting up a recovery community organization or thinking about the next steps for your existing group.

Decisions in Recovery: Interactive Tools
These tools are designed to help people take positive actions to maintain their health and wellness while on the path to recovery.

What to Do If You Have a Problem with Drugs: For Adults
A collection of questions and answers on the signs on drug use and where to find help if you or a loved one are having a problem with drugs.

Guides and Handbooks on Recovery and Recovery Support
This collection of publications from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration includes extensive resources for many issues related to addiction and treatment, including recovery from substance abuse disorders.

Opioid Recovery App Challenge: Winners
In 2016, SAMHSA sponsored a challenge for the development of a free, opioid recovery focused and user-friendly Opioid Recovery Support app for patients in recovery who are receiving outpatient medication-assisted treatment. Winners created innovative mobile apps to provide opioid recovery support for patients receiving medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders.