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What is Recovery?

According to SAMHSA, “recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.”


Having hope that recovery is possible is the foundation of recovery. There is no “right” path to recovery; it is different for everyone. Methods include, but are not limited to, treatment, medication, peer and/or family support, faith-based supports, and self-help support groups. 


“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light. – Brené Brown

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Stories of Recovery in Connecticut

My Recovery Story: Anthony S.
My Recovery Story: Holly S.
My Recovery Story: Lena J.
My Recovery Story: Robert S.
My Recovery Story: Martina H.
My Recovery Story: Sylvia H.
My Recovery Story: Thomas M.
My Recovery Story: Carol B.
My Recovery Story: Katie C.
My Recovery Story: Norris T.
My Recovery Story: Tonya P.
My Recovery Story: Douglas O.
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Share Your Recovery Story!

When you share your story of recovery and your journey to wellness, it helps others get well too. Film a 1 - 2 minute video and email it to us along with a signed media consent form. Click below to get more details and video recording tips. Don't forget to follow us on social media!

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The word “Recovery” has many meanings.
Every person can decide the meaning for themselves.
There are no Right or Wrong meanings.
YOU determine the words that work for YOU

Recovery is Possible!

At times recovery can feel like an impossible road, but know that many have found their way. Keep trying and never give up hope!


“Never, never, never give up.” – Winston Churchill

The four major
dimensions of recovery.


Overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms, and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.



Having a stable and safe place to live.


Conducting meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.



Having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.

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Recovery is for Anyone!

Everyone's path to recovery is different and there is no right or wrong door. You can customize your recovery to meet your needs.
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Treatment Pathway

Individual and/or Group Therapy, Residential Programs, Intensive Outpatient Programs, Medication Assisted Recovery, Harm Reduction. 

Physical Wellness Pathway

Yoga, Qigong, Tai-Chi, Fitness, Outdoor Adventure.

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Peer Support Pathway

Warmlines, peer support groups for mental health, substance use disorders, problem gambling, and other compulsive behaviors.

Family Recovery Pathway

Groups for Families Supporting Loved Ones in Recovery. 

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Relaxation/Wellness Pathway

Sound Healing, Meditation, Social Groups, and Community Events.

Community Resources Pathway

Housing/Financial Help, Parenting Needs and Supports, WIC, and Other Resources. Find resources at 

Language Matters!

A person with a substance use disorder and/or mental health challenge should not be defined by that. They are a person first and choosing to use language that is supportive helps reduce stigma and the negative associations that go with addiction and mental health challenges.  


“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

Person-first Language

Depressed, schizophrenic, bipolar

Person living with a mental health challenge 


Person with a substance use disorder


Person with an alcohol use disorder


Person in recovery

Crazy, insane, psycho, disturbed

Person living with a mental health challenge/trauma

Mentally Ill

Person living with a mental health challenge, or use the name of the diagnosis if the person prefers that language

Language that Feeds Stereotypes

Mental illness

Mental health challege or crisis

Drug/alcohol abuse

Substance/alcohol use 

Committed suicide

Died by suicide

Failed suicide

Attempted suicide

Person-first Language

Instead of this: Depressed, schizophrenic, bipolar

Try this: Person living with a mental health challenge 

Language that Feeds Stereotypes

Instead of this: Mental illness

Try this: Mental health challenge or crisis 

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