Recovery - Mental Health, Substance Use

Behavioral health is essential to overall health

Audience enjoys presentationIndividuals living with mental health and 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 drugs. They've 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.

September is Recovery Month

Each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use concerns and celebrate individuals living in recovery. Recovery is real. It happens every day.

Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed September 2018 as Recovery Month in Wisconsin(PDF)

Rally for Recovery
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Wisconsin State Capitol
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Outside (rain or shine), State Street Side

Join the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Wisconsin Voices for Recovery for a celebration recognizing individuals living in recovery and the professionals who help individuals achieve wellness.

  • Stories from people in recovery
  • Resources from organizations supporting people in recovery
  • Performances by the Ho-Chunk Nation Drumming Circle and the University of Wisconsin Marching Band


Find recovery supports

Tools to measure recovery

Use these tools to gauge the quality of your recovery and to gain perspective on your recovery.


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Last Revised: August 31, 2018