Defining Recovery

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Recovery from substance use disorders is a primary goal for behavioral health. The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is leading efforts to advance the understanding of recovery and has developed the following working definition of recovery:

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

The definition recognizes that treatment is patient centered and that recovery for one person may be very different from another. To accommodate this individualized approach to recovery; ASAC uses successful completion of treatment as the primary indicator of a patient obtaining recovery and as a measure of program success. When a patient’s individualized treatment plan is completed, that indicates that the patient is addressing the issues that are negatively affecting their substance misuse or abuse and they are putting into practice the skills they have learned to live a healthy lifestyle. The state’s goal for treatment completion is >52%. Year to date, 55% of ASAC’s patients have successfully completed treatment.