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Recovery Resources

What is Recovery and Resilience?

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

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. (SAMSHA’s Working Definition of Recovery)

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.

Where Can I Learn About Recovery and Resilience?

Which Organizations Provide Information on Mental Health?

Where Can I Learn About Rights and Empowerment?

Where Can I Find Resources for Veterans and their Families?

Where Can I Find Parent and Family Resources?

Are There Youth Organizations?

Are There Peer Organizations and Support Centers in Washington?

Where Can I Find Information About Substance Abuse Recovery?

Resources for Finding Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in Your Area

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