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Recovery Support Resources

People can and do recover from mental illness and chemical dependency!

In 2010, leaders in the behavioral health field, including people in recovery from mental health and substance use problems, met to develop a common, unified working definition of recovery.  Buiilding on these efforts, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admininistration (SAMHSA) adopted a working definition and 10 guiding principles of recovery.  A common understanding of recovery helps peers, families, and the community work together to improve behavioral health.  SAMHSA's working definition of recovery is:

Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

In addition to traditional treatments, many individuals and families increase their recovery by reading, using self-help tools, and joining peer support groups and organizations. The following organizations and resources may be helpful to you in learning about recovery and recovery tools.

The federal Access to Recovery - ATR program is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  With support from SAMHSA, Washington State’s Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery is moving toward Recovery Oriented Systems of Care.  Our three year grant with six county partners for recovery services ended in July 2014. 

Recovery Resources in Washington

Recovery Café (Seattle): http://www.recoverycafe.org/

Teen Challenge: http://www.teenchallengepnw.com/

Reach: http://cvabonline.com/html/reach_project.html

Everett Gospel Mission: http://www.egmission.org/

Seattle Union Gospel Mission: http://www.ugm.org/site/PageServer?pagename=default

Spokane Gospel Mission: http://www.ugmspokane.org/

Yakima Gospel Mission: http://www.yugm.org/

Tacoma Rescue Mission: http://www.rescue-mission.org/

Goodwill Spokane (job placement and training): http://www.discovergoodwill.org/

Housing Hope: http://www.housinghope.org/

Mountain Ministries (Kelso): http://mountainministriesranch.com/about_us.html

Steps to Recovery: http://stepstorecovery.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=25&Itemid=28

Mary Magdalene Ministries (homeless women Seattle): http://www.womenshelters.org/det/church-of-mary-magdalene 

Living Hope Church (Vancouver): http://www.livinghopechurch.com/

Transitions (Spokane): http://www.help4women.org/

Millenia Ministries (Snohomish Co.):https://ssl.perfora.net/millenniaministries.org/

New Life Friends Church (Vancouver): http://www.wix.com/newlifefriends/newlifefriends

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10 Guiding Principles of Recovery
For descriptions of each of the principles below, see SAMHSA's 10 Guiding Principles of Recovery


  • Emerges from hope
  • Is person-driven
  • Occurs via many pathways
  • Is holistic
  • Is supported by peers and allies
  • Is supported through relationships and social networks
  • Is culturally-based and influenced
  • Is supported by addressing trauma
  • Involves individual, family and community strengths and responsibility
  • Is based on respect