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Recovery is Possible

There is Hope

Hope—the belief that challenges can be overcome—is the foundation of recovery. Substance use disorder is treatable. Knowing this fact and believing that you or a loved one can recover is the first step on the road to recovery.

More than 20 million people nationwide have recovered from their drug or alcohol use disorder

Living with a Chronic Disease

Substance use disorder is a chronic disease, which means that it must be managed throughout someone’s life in the same way chronic illnesses, like heart disease or diabetes, are managed. Following treatment, those in recovery can continue taking care of themselves using a variety of methods to maintain their recovery and prevent setbacks.

Maintaining Recovery

After treatment, it’s helpful for many to continue meeting with a counselor and to engage with their local recovery community. Some people attend support groups or mentor others who are just beginning their recovery journeys. Hoosiers in recovery can get involved with one of the state’s 13 peer-led, recovery cafés or our 21 recovery hubs2. Here, you can become a peer mentor, find support services, and connect with others in recovery.


Indiana Recovery Network hubs across five Indiana regions2

recovery residences with over 2,100 beds certified by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction2

free Lyft rides to substance use treatment provided by Indiana 2-1-12

services provided by recovery hubs since April 20202

Understanding Recovery

  • Is there a cure for substance use disorder?

    Currently, there is no cure for substance use disorder, but there are effective treatments and therapies that can help manage the symptoms and support individuals in their recovery.

  • Is recovery really possible?

    Yes, recovery from substance use disorder is possible. While addiction is a chronic disease, it is treatable, and many people do achieve long-term recovery.

  • What is Indiana doing to support recovery from substance use disorder?

    Indiana is actively working to support those who are recovering from substance use disorder. Governor Eric J. Holcomb has prioritized addressing substance use disorder since his first day in office. His Next Level Agenda has a three-pronged approach focusing on prevention, treatment, and enforcement so that more Hoosiers can recover.

    Some of our efforts include:

    • Recovery residencies: Over 2,850 residential treatment beds are available, specializing in treatment for substance use disorder. When individuals are ready to transition from residential treatment to lower-level care, there are an additional 2,100+ beds across more than 160 certified recovery residences to help individuals maintain recovery for up to one year2.
    • Regional Recovery Hubs: Over 40,000 Hoosiers have been served by Indiana’s network of 21 Regional Recovery Hubs2.
    • Recovery café network: Over 3,670 individuals have been served across six peer-led, recovery cafés between July 2021 and June 20222.
    • Access to transportation: In partnership with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Indiana 2-1-1 has provided more than 34,500 free rides to addiction treatment through ride-sharing service, Lyft2.

    Learn more about how Indiana is supporting recovery in our most recent progress report.

  • What is recovery?

    Recovery is the process of improving one’s health, daily functioning, and overall quality of life after being diagnosed with a mental health condition or substance use disorder. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), there are four major dimensions of recovery. These include:

    1. Health: Making healthy choices and learning to manage or overcome symptoms.
    2. Home: Living in a stable and safe environment.
    3. Purpose: Finding meaning in one’s daily life through activities like working, volunteering, and taking care of others.
    4. Community: Investing in loving and supportive family and social relationships.

What You Can Do


  • Take time to learn about substance use disorder
  • Donate to an organization helping people with substance use disorders
  • Volunteer at a recovery community organization
  • Start conversations in your community about substance use disorder

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  • Listen while withholding judgment when someone confides in you about addiction
  • Treat people with substance use disorders with dignity and respect
  • Practice empathy, compassion, and acceptance when they share their stories with you
  • Speak up when someone says something unkind or misinformed about substance use disorder

Hear from people living in recovery

"It takes one person to believe in you for you to believe in yourself."

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Many of the photos included on this webpage are stock or original photography featuring paid actors. These photos do not represent individuals suffering from substance use disorder or living in recovery. The exception to this are photos of people who are named and share their personal story about substance use disorder. We are grateful for these brave survivors' willingness to come forward to help reduce the stigma of substance use disorder and provide encouragement for those suffering from this chronic disease.

1. Recovery Research Institute. “We do recover": More evidence that tens of millions of adults in the United States have recovered from a substance use problem. Publishing date not specified.

2. Indiana Department of Health. 2022 Next Level Recovery Progress Report. Published November 2022.