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Recovery 101 is a series of interactive trainings introducing key recovery concepts based on the “Ten Fundamental Components of Recovery” developed by SAMSHA ( In this series you will learn in simple terms about different mental health diagnosis and what they mean for your life. You will also learn ways to cope and live a productive life. We will explore the basic concepts of recovery and answer the question: What is recovery? Recovery 101 is designed to teach the key concept of recovery and sustaining hope, and to promote awareness that people can and do recover from mental illness.

Each class focuses on one component:

  • Empowerment
  • Self-Direction
  • Non-Linear
  • Person-Centered
  • Strengths-Based
  • Hope
  • Holistic
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Peer Support


    • The ability to hear and believe your own voice
    • To hang in there when the times get bad
    • Having more hopeful days than endless despair days
    • The ability to see injustice and still function
    • Facing each day
    • Not feeling fear, if only for a few hours
    • Learning / accomplishing something each day
    • Having a better quality of life
    • Being able to accomplish one’s goals in life
    • Return to self-functioning
    • The process of gaining skills in order to survive
    • Being able to find a place in the community to promote self-care and growth from where you are now and recovery is not isolating
    • Getting back up from being down
    • Going to be O.K. again
    • The ability to get up each day, be “present” in my life, accomplish something on my “to do” list, and to be able to smile during the day or by the end of the day, and remember that each day is a new day that begins with a clean slate.
    • Live and let live.
    • A process of moving forward – a process of personal growth & development where the person learns to rely upon their inner strengths & appropriate outside supports rather than unhealthy habits to get through their tough times
    • Recovery is doing what needs to be done.
    • Recovery is being okay with yourself regardless of circumstances