The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently developed a working definition for recovery from mental disorders and substance use disorders. It defines recovery as: “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”
SAMHSA also outlined four major dimensions that support a life in recovery:
- Health: Overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) as well as living in a physically and emotionally healthy way.
- Home: A stable and safe place to live.
- Purpose: Meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.
- Community: Relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.