Guiding Principles and Elements of Recovery-oriented Systems of Care

More than 500 researchers and their studies are cited in this white paper. They helped develop a working definition of recovery and 12 guiding principles, as well as the elements of recovery-oriented systems of care.

For instance, research supports the concept that people in recovery are active agents of change in their own lives and not passive recipients of services. So, it makes sense that—with the support of family and peers along with networks of organizations, agencies, and mutual aid societies—the locus of control and decisionmaking is put in the hands of the person in recovery.

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