The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines recovery 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."


SAMHSA identifies he four dimensions that support a life in recovery are: 

  • Health: Overcoming and managing a disease, abstaining from substances if the person has an addiction and making choices that support physical and emotional wellbeing. 

  • Home: A safe, stable place to live.

  • Purpose: Taking part in meaningful activities such as a job, school, volunteer work while becoming independent and able to support self. 

  • Community: Developing relationships that provide support, friendship, love and hope. 


Read more about the 10 Guiding Principles of Recovery

What is a Recovery Coach?

A recovery coach is a sober person that guides individuals through the recovery process, connects them with resources and services and helps them make healthy decisions that support a life of Recovery. 

Virtual Recovery Support Groups:


SMART Recovery Online Community

  • Chat Rooms

  • Message Boards

  • Online Meetings

  • Online Library

SAMHSA National Helpline 1-800-662-4357

  • Information and resources for recovery

  • Treatment referrals

  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990

Alcoholics Anonymous Intergroup

Narcotics Anonymous Online Meetings

In The Rooms Online Meetings


In-Person Recovery Resources:

Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) - CCAR is a centralized resource in CT for all things recovery. Whether you are contemplating a life in recovery, are new to recovery or are in long term recovery, CCAR is here to help you to navigate the recovery community, by connecting you with others in recovery and providing access to area support services.

The Connecticut Alliance of Recovery Residences (CTARR) - CTARR inspects and certifies CT recovery homes, provides training and maintains a forum for exchanging ideas, solving problems, providing guidance and to act as an advocate for our members as well as those we serve.

Find a Local Support Group

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Suite 235-I
Stamford, CT 06902

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