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SAMHSA Releases New Working Definition of 'Recovery'

Posted by: George Ritacco on 1/9/2012

After considering more than 1,400 comments during a public feedback period this summer, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new working definition of "recovery" from mental disorders and substance use disorders.
The organization began consulting members of the behavioral healthcare community more than 1 year ago to develop both major guiding principles and a definition that would capture "the essential, common experiences of those recovering," they write.
The new definition, which was published on SAMHSA's Web site on December 22, now states that recovery is 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 measure integrated and holistic services to those in need," Pamela S. Hyde, SAMHSA administrator, said in a news release.
"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," added Ms. Hyde.

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