Recovery support systems, as well as recovery-oriented care, are designed to help patients with substance abuse disorders manage their conditions throughout the process of recovery successfully. To ensure that patients receive the maximum amount of support with each aspect of their recovery, Lake Substance Abuse Solutions offers educational and recovery support from peer specialists as patients pursue medication-assisted treatment.

During the course of addiction treatment and addiction recovery, our peer specialists provide patients with a multi-dimensional approach to help patients leverage the most benefits of their individualized, evidence-based care and help them achieve and maintain a successful recovery. Take the first step in overcoming your addiction — contact us today to learn more about our individualized treatments and for more information about our drug rehabilitation center.

What Is Recovery Support?

Substance use often impacts multiple aspects of an individual’s life. As such, patients often enter treatment with housing issues, employment problems, affected family connections, and damaged social relationships. Treatment for substance abuse disorder is just one aspect of the full continuum of care, which involves substance abuse assessments, mental health assessments, therapy, and physician visits. Our recovery programs and recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSCs) support a patient-first approach to treatment that builds on the strengths and resiliencies of patients as well as their families and communities to claim responsibility for their sustained health, wellness, and recovery from addiction.

ROSCs encompass a comprehensive menu of ongoing services and support systems that can be combined and adjusted to meet the individual needs and chosen pathways of recovery for patients with outcome-driven approaches to care. Our recovery-oriented systems of care comprise the following elements. Contact us today to learn more about our available educational and support services, as well as our individualized treatments.

  • Patient-centered approach
  • Involvement of family and other allies
  • Individualized, comprehensive, and flexible services
  • Systems anchored in the community
  • Continuity of care throughout lifespan
  • Strengths-based treatment focused on individual strengths, assets, and resilience
  • Focus on collaboration and patients’ needs
  • Culturally responsive treatment plans
  • Commitment to peer recovery support services
  • Integrated services and treatments
  • Systemwide education and support systems
  • Ongoing monitoring and outreach
  • Outcome-driven techniques and recovery based on research

What Are The Four Dimensions Of Recovery?

Recovery is a process of change through which patients improve their health and wellness, lead a self-directed life, and strive towards reaching their full potential. There are four major dimensions that comprise recovery support: health, home, purpose, and community.


This dimension requires that the patient overcomes or manages their addiction or symptoms and makes informed decisions and healthy choices that support both their physical and emotional wellbeing.


This dimension of recovery support requires that patients have a safe and stable place to call home that facilitates their efforts and goals towards long-term and sustained recovery and sound mental health.


This dimension requires that patients conduct meaningful daily activities and have the independence, financial ability, and resources required to participate in different aspects of their society.


This dimension requires that patients cultivate and sustain relationships and social networks that are positive in nature and provide support for successful recovery as well as friendship, love, and hope.

Principles Of Recovery

Our recovery program — provided by Dr. Shelton and his team — is guided by 10 principles of recovery: hope; person-driven; many pathways; holistic; peer support; relational; culture; addressing trauma; strengths/responsibilities; and respect. Contact us for more information about our recovery support services.


The catalyst for recovery, hope, is the belief that recovery is real — an essential and motivating message that patients can and will overcome internal and external challenges, barriers, and obstacles that confront them as a result of their addiction. Hope is internalized by patients and should be cultivated by peers, family members, providers, allies, and others within society.


Recovery is person, or patient, driven — both self-direction and self-determination are two of the foundations for recovery. Patients assert their autonomy and independence by leading, controlling, and making choices regarding support, further improving their recovery and resilience. Patients are empowered to initiate recovery, build on strengths, and recover control.

Many Pathways

Recovery occurs through numerous different pathways, as each patient has unique and distinct needs, strengths, goals, culture, and backgrounds, all of which affect and determine their pathways to recovery. Recovery pathways are highly personalized and build on the multiple capacities, strengths, talents, coping capacities, resources, and values of each individual.


Recovery comprises a patient’s whole life, including their mind, body, spirit, and community. Recovery requires addressing family, self-care practices, housing, employment, transportation, education, services and supports, clinical treatment for mental and substance abuse disorders, primary healthcare, spirituality, creativity, social networks, and community participation.

Peer Support

Peers and allies support recovery through the sharing of experiential knowledge and abilities and social learning. Peers both encourage and engage others and provide them with a vital sense of meaning and purpose, supportive relationships, valued roles, and community. Peer-operated supports provide essential resources to patients along their journeys to recovery.


Relationships and social networks support recovery. Family members, peers, providers, community members, and other allies form vital support networks. With these connections, patients engage in new roles that result in a greater sense of empowerment, autonomy, social inclusion, community participation, and personhood that help foster enduring recovery.


Recovery is based on and influenced by culture. Values, traditions, and beliefs are all keys in determining a patient’s pathway to recovery and well being. Support services are culturally grounded and attuned as well as sensitive, congruent, compassionate, and personalized to meet the unique needs for recovery and wellbeing of each individual patient.

Addressing Trauma

The experience of trauma is often a precursor to or an associative aspect of substance abuse triggers and substance use, as well as mental health problems and other related issues. Educational and support services are trauma-informed to foster safety and trust, promote empowerment, and cultivate collaborative relationships and choices.


Communities, families, and individuals all serve as a foundation for patients’ recoveries. Patients have personal responsibilities for self-care and their unique journeys and recovery. Individuals should be supported in their strides towards independence, and they have a social responsibility to uphold their strengths, needs, wants, desires, and aspirations for recovery.


Crucial to achieving recovery are community, systems, and social acceptance. Taking steps towards recovery typically requires great courage from those suffering from addiction. Self-acceptance, development of a positive and meaningful sense of identity, and regaining confidence in one’s self are particularly crucial to the recovery process.