In 2016, FOR-NY created a state-wide survey that was distributed to individuals and families living in recovery from addiction, families who lost a loved one to addiction, and people who have otherwise been impacted by addiction. Almost 1700 people across New York participated in FOR-NY’s first recovery needs assessment. Over the last few months, we have highlighted specific focus groups and recovery-oriented systems of care in a series of special reports, “Recovery in the Empire State.” In this month’s report, we turn our attention to the multiple pathways of recovery.

Q35: Where did you receive the best support? (Check all that apply):

survey results pathways of recovery

Our Interpretation: Recovery Support comes from many sources, or multiple pathways . Survey respondents said they got the most helpful support from Mutual Aid Groups (12-step and non-12 step), local Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs), Peer-to-Peer, and the Faith Community. Other non-clinical recovery pathways to recovery include Recovery Community Centers, Education-Based Recovery Support, and Employment-Based Recovery Support, Meditation-Based Recovery Support, Medication-Assisted Recovery Support, and Health and Wellness-Based Recovery Supports. Similarly, alternative mutual support groups include SMART Recovery, Rational Recovery, Women For Sobriety, HIP Sobriety, Celebrate Recovery, LifeRing, ROCovery, Secular Recovery Organizations, and many others. There are also those individuals who achieve recovery or “remission” without any formal help.