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Recovery & Resiliency Toolkit for Providers

Welcome to our Recovery and Resiliency resource page. The goal of this page is to provide ready access to current information and material related to Recovery and Resiliency. Here you will find materials and links that may be of use to you when addressing personal strengths, recovery & wellness planning or other related topics with clients. Check back often as content will be updated regularly with new tools and information.

The articles, materials or links available or referenced below are informational resources and tools you may use and are provided here for educational purposes only.* For more details, please see our Site Use Agreement.

Recovery & Resiliency Overview

What is Recovery?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new working definition for Recovery, as of December 2011. SAMHSA defines Recovery from Mental Disorders and Substance Use Disorders 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."

For additional information, please see SAMHSA’s working definition of “Recovery”.

The Values of Recovery & Resiliency:

The Recovery and Resiliency movement promotes a number of values associated with establishing and maintaining wellness that are shared by both consumers and mental health professionals. When we talk about Recovery and Resiliency we are talking about an approach that recognizes the:

  • Human dignity of each person
  • Ability of individuals to recover ground after a setback
  • Importance of self-determination
  • Ability of individuals to achieve mastery of goals

Symptoms and Functional Impairments

Clinical assessment has long included identification of strengths and resources. Recovery and Resiliency simply puts greater focus on personal goals and strengths rather than on illness. It recognizes the individual has personal strengths and resources that can and should be tapped as part of their recovery and wellness plan.

Symptoms and impairments associated with illness are not ignored. In fact, identifying and reporting symptoms and impairments remains necessary but is not sufficient for ongoing recovery. Understanding the individual challenges informs the use of strengths and resource including current level of care or services provided.

Consumer Role and Recovery Plan

Each consumer is actively engaged in creating a personal recovery plan and the plan includes:

  • Identification of “warning signs” that condition is worsening
  • Actions that the individual can take to regain and maintain stabilization

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new working definition of Recovery, as of December 2011:
"A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential."

Peer Recovery Support Specialist Role

Peer Recovery Support  Specialists fill a unique role in the system of care.  They bring lived experience right into the community offering compassionate support to individuals who are on their own recovery journey.  Having achieved a minimum of one year of recovery from a substance use or co-occurring mental health and substance use condition they offer hope to others. They help guide individuals and families to support systems and resources within their community. 

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals offers a credential that standardizes competency for peer support and establishes educational and monitoring requirements. The Nationally Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (NCPRSS) acts to empower people to be more actively engaged in their own recovery and wellness journey.   To learn more about the NCPRSS, visit >  Certification > Peer Recover Support Specialist (NCPRSS).

Informational flyer - Optum welcomes the NCPRSS to the Recovery Team

SAMHSA has a Recovery to Practice initiative that “supports the expansion and integration of recovery-oriented care” and “fosters a better understanding of recovery, recovery-oriented practices, and the roles” of substance use and mental health disorder professions in promoting recovery. RTP Information

Person-Centered Planning

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a working definition of Person-Centered Planning, as of January 2014. CMS describes the Person-Centered Planning approach to treatment as follows:

"Person-centered planning is a process, directed by the family or the individual with long term care needs, intended to identify the strengths, capacities, preferences, needs and desired outcomes of the individual."

Access the entire Person-Centered Planning definition from CMS

The Toolkit

Please see the Recovery & Resiliency tools and resources available for your practice and your patients in our new online toolkit:

Resources for You:


Tools for your practice

External Resources

Resources and Articles for the Individuals & Families You Serve

Printable Tools

Electronic Tools and Resources

Community-Based Programs and Resources

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