New Definition of Recovery Leaves Questions Unanswered

By David Sack, M.D.

Last month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) set forth a working definition of recovery. After consulting the behavioral health community and soliciting comments, SAMHSA declared 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.”

According to SAMHSA, the four dimensions that support recovery are health, home, purpose and community.

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