Anyone can be affected by a mental health and/or substance use disorder. By 2020, mental health and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Recovery is an ongoing process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. Stay positive. Many people try and fail and try again.
What does recovery feel like? Check out this fact sheet from Mental Health America. (PDF, 3.3 MB)
Voices of Recovery Video Series
To honor individuals who have overcome, or are in the process of overcoming, mental illnesses and substance use disorders, and to inspire those who are starting the recovery process, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has produced a series of videos featuring state residents who have taken the journey toward recovery.
Support is available
Individuals experience long-term recovery from mental illnesses and substance use disorders in their own unique way. There are many pathways to improved wellness and a self-directed life.
Free, confidential help is available 24 hours a day through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Use this search tool to locate a local treatment provider. In life-threatening situations, dial 911.
By seeking help, individuals who experience mental health and substance use disorders can embark on a new path toward improve overall wellness. Individuals who embrace recovery achieve improved mental and physical health, as well as form stronger relationships with their neighbors, family members, and peers.
Resources for Individuals
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services does not testify to, sponsor, or endorse the accuracy of the information provided on the following webpages. The information on these webpages is for educational purposes only.
- Addiction Recovery Guide - Information to assist individuals struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism find the help that best suits their needs
- Alcoholics Anonymous - Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem
- Association of Recovery Schools - Information on the recovery high school movement
- Celebrate Recovery - A faith-based approach to recovery
- Faces and Voices of Recovery - An organization that offers resources on recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs
- Gamblers Anonymous - Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her gambling problem
- Grassroots Empowerment Project - A Wisconsin organization that create opportunities for people seeking mental health, recovery, and wellness to exercise power in their lives
- Healthy Living, Mental Health - Information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- Healthy Living, Substance Abuse - Information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- Mental Health America of Wisconsin - Wisconsin's affiliate of the nation's community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans live mentally healthier lives
- M.O.V.E. Wisconsin - This group unites the voices of a diverse group of youth and young adults with lived experiences
- Narcotics Anonymous (Wisconsin) - A group of recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (Wisconsin) - Wisconsin's affiliate of a national organization committed to improving the quality of life of people affected by mental illness and promoting recovery
- Oxford House - A network of democratically run, self-supporting, and drug free homes
- Psychology Today's Therapy Directory - Find detailed professional listings for psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counselors, group therapy, and treatment centers
- Racing for Recovery - This organization aims to prevent all forms of substance abuse by promoting a lifestyle of fitness and health for all those affected by addiction
- Recovery Campus Magazine - Information for young adults seeking to continue their recovery and complete their education
- SMART Recovery - An organization that provides assistance to individuals seeking abstinence from addictive behaviors
- Sober Nation - Information on recovery and addiction treatment centers
- Teen Mental Health - Tools specifically designed for first-year college students and works to erase the shame attached to mental health issues
- Transforming Youth Recovery - An organization that supports educators, parents, and community members in helping students in recovery thrive in the fullness of everyday life
- ULifeline - Mental health resources for college students
- Wisconsin Association of 12 Step Clubs - This organization promotes the interests and effectiveness of 12 Step Clubs in Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling - This organization helps individuals who are struggling with a gambling problem
- Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination (WISE) - This is a statewide coalition promoting inclusion and support for all affected by mental illness
- Wisconsin Recovery Implementation Task Force - This group is an advisory body to the Department of Health Services, Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
- Wisconsin United for Mental Health - A coalition of citizens raising awareness of mental illness to reduce stigma and promote recovery
- Wisconsin Voices for Recovery - This is a statewide group advocating for people in recovery
- White Bison - This organization works with Native American communities
- Young People in Recovery - This organization supports young people in or seeking recovery by empowering them to obtain stable employment, secure stable housing, and explore continuing education
Resources for Providers
- Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy - Information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Mental Health Services - Resources for providers from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- Substance Abuse Services - Resources for providers from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- Trauma-Informed Care - Information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- Wisconsin Recovery Implementation Task Force - This group is an advisory body to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
For many, support from peers is essential to recovery. Many service providers employ Certified Peer Specialists who utilize their lived experience in the mental health and substance abuse services system to help others move forward on their recovery journey. Support from peers is available in many venues in Wisconsin.
For more information
The Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services oversees the efforts of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to promote recovery and support individuals with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders. These efforts include the following programs:
- Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) - All ages
- Community Recovery Services (CRS) - Adults
- Community Support Programs (CSP) - Adults
- Coordinated Services Teams Initiatives (CST) - Children
- Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program - Adults
More information on CCS, CRS, and CSP also is available in the Journey to Recovery publication produced by the Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in partnership with the Wisconsin Recovery Implementation Task Force.