What is Recovery?
Recovery is what people experience themselves as they become empowered to achieve a meaningful life and a positive sense of belonging in their community (DMHAS, 2002). It is a non-linear process of development and growth.
- Recovery emerges from hope
- Recovery is person-driven
- Recovery occurs via many pathways
- Recovery is holistic
- Recovery is supported by peers and allies
- Recovery is supported through relationships and social networks
- Recovery is culturally-based and influenced
- Recovery is supported by addressing trauma
- Recovery involves individual, family, and community strengths and responsibility
- Recovery is based on respect (Yale PRCH - Tondora, O’Connell, Miller, Guy, Bellamy & Davidson, 2006; www.samhsa.gov/recovery).
Recovery-oriented care is the overarching framework that guides everything we do at DMHAS.The Department strives to build a community of care that is respectful of an individual/family’s worldview, culture, and beliefs, and supports the individual/family’s overall health and wellness.
DMHAS offers a range of formal services and supports to help individuals along in their recovery. Services include:
- Social Rehab/Social Clubs/Learning & Wellness Centers
- Supported Education Services
- Supported Employment Services
In addition, DMHAS provides resources and support to community organizations to support individuals in recovery including:
- Advocacy Unlimited (AU)
- Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
- National Alliance on Mental Illness-CT (NAMI-CT)
In February 2020, DMHAS launched "DMHAS Recovery Corner", regularly published infobriefs highlighting the agency's work in recovery:
The DMHAS Office of Recovery Community Affairs acts as a liaison to people in recovery, their families, friends, and other allies, grassroots and statewide recovery organizations.