Pathway to recovery
There are countless people, places, and services that stand ready to support you. Finding them is not always easy.
Find the resources designed to aid you and your loved ones on a pathway to recovery.
Where to start
Recovery is a deeply personal, unique and self-determined journey through which an individual strives to reach his or her full potential. Recovery is nurtured by relationships and environments that provide hope, empowerment, choices, and opportunities.
Here you can find largely non-clinical pathways to recovery. These are recovery resources that typically do not involve a trained clinician but are often community-based and utilize peer support in a variety of settings.
The different types of local recovery resources that may be available in your area.
There are many different ways that people begin or extend recovery after resolving a drug or alcohol problem. It is important to recognize that just as every individual is different, so is their recovery. While certain interventions may work well for some, these same interventions may not work well for others, or not work well at that particular time in their recovery journey.
- State Primary Resource Sites—throughout the United States, behavioral health departments and divisions within states are supporting sustainable recovery, independence and wellness. Focus is placed on funding and state-wide partnerships for effective prevention and intervention services for youth and families, and treatment and recovery support for youth and adults with addiction and mental health conditions. Learn more. →
- Mutual Support Groups and Meetings—also known as self-help groups, peer support groups, mutual help, and mutual aid, mutual support groups are for the most part peer run volunteer organizations that focus on socially supportive communication and exchange of addiction and recovery experiences and skills through meetings. Learn more. →
- Recovery Community Organizations and Centers—local Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) are independent, non-profit organizations that represent communities of individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder. A recovery center typically provides advocacy training, mutual and peer support meetings, recovery support services, recovery coaching, and other community-based services. Learn more. →
- School-Based Recovery Support Services—dedicated programs and services such as recovery high schools and collegiate recovery programs are designed to help individuals in early substance use disorder recovery achieve their educational goals while also focusing on the areas of their social, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being needed to help sustain recovery. Learn more. →
Primary resources that nurture Philadelphia’s recovery community
The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs mission is to engage, coordinate and lead the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s effort to prevent and reduce drug, alcohol and gambling addiction and abuse; and to promote recovery, thereby reducing the human and economic impact of the disease.
The Recovery Community Organizations/Centers in and near Philadelphia are hubs for recovery support services and provide diverse resources for education, information, support, and socialization for those in recovery and their family and friends. Together, they work to authenticate that recovery from the disease of addiction is possible.
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If everyone begins sharing helpful resources in their community, it could make it easier for others to find their path recovery—all across the country. Join us and help those yet to come find the support they need!
Frequently Asked Questions
How are recovery resources identified?
Recovery support resource maps are intended to help those seeking support resources in their community. You may want to know that we do not endorse or directly support any presented resource. Those seeking programs, services, or treatment are urged to verify each provider’s credentials and certifications to confirm their expertise and quality of service.
Published resources are either submitted by general public users for consideration or have been added by our data team which conducts asset mapping activities throughout the U.S.
In an on-going effort to qualify resource data, we reference a number of public data sources and work to create formal partnerships with a variety of institutions and organizations within the field. Data partners represent leading authorities in the field who collaborate to help us manage specific datasets made available in applications. In some case, this involves directly importing data that the partner has certified. In other cases, this involves having partners review specific resources that are submitted for publication by the general public.
In general, resource pages that have full descriptions and complete contact information reflect resources that has been authored by a data team member. This is a good indication that the resource may be helpful to you in terms of care and support.
We invite you to learn more about our Data Management.
Why do I need an account to create collections of resources?
The collections feature lets you create custom lists of resources that you would like to remember or reference in the future. Because collections are specific to you and your account, you need to Sign in or Create a new account to use the collections feature.
User accounts only require a valid email. Additional information may be requested by sponsoring organizations who maintain a distinct set of rules and guidelines in terms of how they handle any personal information provided.
In general, an account is needed to take advantage of certain application features such as creating resource collections and submitting resources for publication. This is so that you can view resource information specific to your account when you sign in.
We invite you to learn more about Creating and Sharing Collections
What information do you collect and use?
This site is a publicly accessible web application. Any visitor can view and search resource maps. An account is required to create resource collections, add resources to map databases, and fully access all available application features.
In general, applications are developed to help people find and access care and support services within their communities. Please be aware that any information submitted and approved for resource map publication is subject to search engine (e.g. Google) queries. Protocols have been put in place to encourage site indexing on a daily basis to reflect any information which may be updated.
Submission of any personal contact or related information for publication should be done with this knowledge.
How can I add or correct resources for the map?
This is the big idea - getting everyone to map the programs, services, and groups that they and others are finding helpful and useful on a pathway to recovery and wellness.
Select Submit when you have completed all the required fields. A team member will review your submission and notify you once your resource is published on the map. The email notification will include instructions on how you can update your resource if further changes are required.
We do rely on the general public and community/organizational leaders to assist in the updating or correcting of published resource information. To see if a resource is published and verify that the resource information is accurate, you can lookup any published resource record and conduct a Resource record review.
Using the presented search bar, enter the name of a resource (organization, program, service, or group) and then select Review record. From there, you can use the form to submit any comments or changes that may be needed or suggested.
The submitted review form will be reviewed by a team member and you will be notified when updates are complete.
You can also select Provide feedback, available on each resource page, to access the Record review form and provide us any information that you think needs to be updated or corrected.
Where can I turn for help?
For anyone playing a supportive role in the life of a young person struggling with drug or alcohol use, contact the Parent Helpline at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids:
- Call 1-855-378-4373
- Send an email
- Text a message to 55753
- Select Send Message from Facebook Messenger
The SAMHSA National Helpline provides treatment referral and information for individuals and families at 1-800-662-4357 anytime.
- The Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
If you are in need of immediate or emergency services, please call 911 or a crisis hotline such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects you with a crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. Your call will be answered by a trained crisis worker who will listen empathetically and without judgment. The crisis worker will work to ensure that you feel safe and help identify options and information about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free.
- HelpLine staff and volunteers are prepared to answer your questions about mental health issue. Staff and volunteers are unable to provide counseling or therapy, cannot provide specific recommendations for things like treatment or do individual casework, legal representations or other individual advocacy. In the event of a crisis call, they will transfer callers in crisis or who express suicidal ideation to a national crisis line to provide further assistance.