Recovery - Mental Health, Substance Use

Behavioral Health is Essential to Overall Health

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With the right services and supports, individuals living with mental health and/or substance use concerns, can and do get better. This is true for tens of thousands of Wisconsin residents whose lives have been transformed through recovery. They’re managing their symptoms. They’re no longer addicted to alcohol and/or drugs. They have reconnected with family and friends. They have built strong, healthy relationships in their communities. They’re gainfully employed and contributing to Wisconsin’s economic well-being. 

Recovery is a Journey

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. Recovery looks and feels different for everyone, but it is possible for everyone.

What does recovery from a mental health and/or substance use concern feel like? Check out this fact sheet from Mental Health America. (PDF, 3.3 MB)


Each year, in September, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services partners with Wisconsin Voices for Recovery to host the Rally for Recovery in Madison at the state Capitol. It is an opportunity to promote the message that recovery is possible, celebrate individuals in recovery, and laud the efforts of the mental health and substance use treatment providers who help individuals achieve wellness.


Find Recovery Supports

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 mental health or substance use treatment provider. In life-threatening situations, dial 911.

Last Revised: January 3, 2017