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Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Recovery

After a person completes treatment for a substance use disorder, they may need more supports to help maintain the progress they have made. These other supports are called recovery services. Recovery is a process of change. Through this process, people can improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. These services can help individuals and families maintain and strengthen their recovery journey.

Recovery services are different that substance use disorder treatment services. Recovery services are non-clinical, which means that they do not provide any type of medical treatment or testing. Recovery services normally take place after a person finishes a treatment program.

There are four main features that support a life in recovery:

  1. Health: Making behavior choices that support a healthy body and mind.
  2. Home: Having a stable and safe place to live.
  3. Purpose: Taking part in meaningful daily activities and having the independence and resources to take part in society.
  4. Community: Having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.

Treatment is a very important step to make a behavior change. After treatment is over, many people will need help to keep making healthy choices. Recovery services give this ongoing support to people as they transition into daily life, after treatment. Recovery services can help people to:

  • Maintain recovery from substance use
  • Find ways to prevent relapse
  • Reach a life with rewarding relationships and sense of purpose

The Suffolk County Directory of Behavioral Health Services guide to Services and Supports provides information about local recovery and community based services.

Important Numbers:

If you are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, call for help!

  • Family Service League’s Diagnostic, Assessment, and Stabilization Hub (DASH) Program, 24/7 hotline: For mental health counseling, addiction treatment, and crisis care for children and adults in Suffolk County, call (631) 952 – 3333

  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: If you are in crisis, in need of support or resources, or if you are feeling suicidal, call the Response of Suffolk 24/7 Crisis Hotline (631) 751 - 7500

  • For a medical emergency, call 911