SAMHSA unveils definition and dimensions of recovery


A new definition of “recovery” from mental disorders and substance use disorders has been announced. It might seem a little silly, but an agreed upon definition helps set a goal and give common understanding of the vocabulary used to discuss serious illness. The definition results from a year-long effort by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and a wide range of partners in the behavioral health care community to develop a working definition that captures the common experiences of those recovering from mental disorders and substance use disorders. SAMHSA also provides guiding principles that support the recovery definition as part of its Recovery Support Strategic Initiative.

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

“Over the years it has become increasingly apparent that a practical, comprehensive working definition of recovery would enable policy makers, providers, and others to better design, deliver, and ensure integrated and holistic services to those in need,” said SAMHSA Administrator, Pamela S. Hyde. “By working with all elements of the behavioral health community and others to develop this definition, I believe SAMHSA has achieved a significant milestone in promoting greater public awareness and appreciation for the importance of recovery, and widespread support for the services that can make it a reality for millions of Americans.”

They have also outlines four major dimensions that support recovery:
1. Health. Managing one’s disease and living in a healthy way.
2. Home. A stable place to live
3. Purpose. Independence, income and resources to participate in society.
4. Community. Networks that provide support.

Source: SAMHSA, MedicalNewsToday


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