The Recovery Connection understands that one size does not fit all – what works for one person may not necessarily work for another.  Not everyone who seeks treatment must also accept intensive group therapies, structured psychosocial supports, and other treatments.  Individuals have unique needs, strengths, preferences, goals, cultures, and backgrounds that affect their pathways to recovery.  Therefore, we  recognize and affirm those unique aspects so we can deliver support for people to initiate or maintain recovery and enhance their quality of life in long-term recovery. 

Recovery encompasses an individual’s whole life, including mind, body, spirit, and community.  People can recover individually, with family, or in their communities. The following list is not exhaustive but highlights some common pathways to recovery that may even be combined.  

As defined by the Recovery Research Institute, these pathways fall into three main categories:

  • Clinical pathways
  • Non-clinical pathways
  • Self-managed pathways

12-Step Meetings

​Narcotics Anonymous. 

Alcoholics Anonymous

Co-Dependents Anonymous 

Other Approaches

SMART Recovery

Harm Reduction

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) / Medication Assisted Recovery (MAR):  A person in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) uses medications as part of their recovery from opioid use disorder (OUD).  For members of the recovery community, medication-assisted recovery (MAR) can be a preferred term because this emphasizes a person’s commitment to recovery while using medications.

Family Supports

Al-Anon & Ala-teen



CRAFT (Community Reinvestment and Family Training) 



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