Ten Core Recovery Principles
of Recovery from Addiction.
At a 2004 National Consensus Conference
Mental Health Recovery &
Mental Health Systems Transformation
convened by SAMHSA,
patients, health-care professionals, researchers and others
10 core principles as a recovery orientation:
1. Self-direction: Consumers determine
their own path to recovery.
2. Individualized and person-centered:
There are multiple pathways to recovery based
on individuals’ unique strengths, needs,
experiences and cultural backgrounds.
3.Empowerment: Consumers can choose
among options and participate
in all decisions that affect them.
4. Holistic: Recovery focuses on people’s entire lives,
mind, body, spirit and community.
5. Nonlinear: Recovery isn’t a step-by-step process
but one based on continual growth,
occasional setbacks and
learning from experience.
6. Strengths-based: Recovery builds on
7. Peer support: Mutual support plays an
invaluable role in recovery.
8. Respect: Acceptance and appreciation
by society, communities,
systems of care and
are crucial to recovery.
Consumers are responsible for their
and journeys of recovery.
10. Hope: Recovery’s central,
is a better future --
that people can and do overcome obstacles.
Provided by SAMSA