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Recovery & Support

Proven Recovery Methods

Vivek Murthy“Over the past few decades, we have built a robust evidence base on this subject. We now know that there is a neurobiological basis for substance use disorders with potential for both recovery and recurrence. We have evidence-based interventions that prevent harmful substance use and related problems, particularly when started early. We also have proven interventions for treating substance use disorders, often involving a combination of medication, counseling, and social support. Additionally, we have learned that recovery has many pathways that should be tailored to fit the unique cultural values and psychological and behavioral health needs of each individual.”

- Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A. Vice Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service Surgeon General (2016)

Support Groups

Whether you are looking for support because you are struggling with an addiction, you are looking for resources and education, or you have lost someone to addiction, these support groups can connect you with others who understand what you are going through and offer assistance. 

Recovery Housing

The County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADM) Services Board provides financial support for local certified recovery housing. These transitional living environments promote sobriety and independent living during the early stages of recovery. The ADM Board contracts with Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. to manage referrals and  coordinate placement to participating recovery providers in accordance with ADM Board priorities.

ADM Board funded recovery housing providers include:

For additional information about recovery housing options, please call the ADM Addiction Helpline at 330-940-1133.

Recovery Coaching

Recovery Coaching is a face-to-face or telephone service that considers a person’s stage of recovery and helps to establish a recovery plan to identify and manage relapse warning signs and other issues critical to success in early recovery. Recovery coaches often work with persons after completion of addiction treatment to assist with a positive experience in early recovery and connect persons with additional resources if needed. Recovery coaches or Peer Supporters are persons who have experienced stable recovery from mental illnesses and/or addictions for more than 2 years. They receive training and earn a certification to effectively model a healthy recovery lifestyle. A person may have both a sponsor and a recovery coach, since their roles are different and cannot be spanned by any single person.

Recovery coaches are found in addiction treatment agencies, recovery housing agencies, recovery support agencies, and in many specialized court docket programs in Summit County. If you are interested in working with a recovery coach, please indicate this to a treatment counselor or court staff, and they can assist you in connecting with a local recovery coach.

Rock & Recovery

Rock & Recovery is an online HD radio listening experience produced by WAPS-FM in Akron, Ohio. Rock & Recovery mixes inspiring stories and messages of strength and hope from professional health-care providers, the recovery community, comedians and family members. These powerful stories and meaningful messages are carefully woven in between handpicked music. This music is uplifting without being preachy, spiritual without religion and familiar to a wide audience. Visit