Working Definition of Recovery

  • Recovery is self-directed and empowering
  • Recovery is holistic
  • Recovery has cultural dimensions
  • Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and wellness
  • Recovery emerges from HOPE and GRATITUDE
  • Recovery involves a process of healing and self-definition
  • Recovery involves addressing discrimination and transcending shame and stigma
  • Recovery is supported by peers and allies
  • Recovery involves (re)joining and (re)building a life in the community
  • Recovery is a reality. It can, will, and does happen.

*Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, National Summit on Recovery Conference Report, 2005