Georgia’s Recovery Definition and Guiding Principles & Values

What is Recovery?

Recovery is a deeply personal, unique, and self-determined journey through which an individual strives to reach his or her full potential. Persons in recovery improve their health and wellness by taking responsibility in pursuing a fulfilling and contributing life while embracing the difficulties one has faced. Recovery is not a gift from any system. Recovery is nurtured by relationships and environments that provide hope, empowerment, choices, and opportunities. Recovery belongs to the person. It is a right, and it is the responsibility of us all.

Georgia’s Recovery Guiding Principles & Values 


  • Emerges from hope 
  • Is person-driven
  • Is strengths based
  • Is age independent
  • Recognizes the wisdom of “lived experience”
  • Occurs via many pathways
  • Is holistic 
  • Is supported by peers, allies, advocates, and families
  • Is nurtured through relationships and social networks
  • Is culturally based and influenced
  • Is anchored in wellness, addressing a person’s emotional health, environmental well being, financial satisfaction, intellectual creativity, occupational pursuits, physical activities, social engagement, and spiritual health
  • Addresses trauma
  • Supports self-responsibility 
  • Empowers communities
  • Is based on respect

Peer Mentor Project Pilot Project at Georgia Regional–Atlanta

Georgia has made progress in helping individuals to transition from institutional to community-based treatment settings. But there is a big difference between just residing in a community and creating a whole, meaningful life in the community. So in partnership with GMHCN and Georgia Regional–Atlanta, ORT has launched an exciting new pilot project to learn about how peer mentors can best assist individuals from early in their hospital stay through their transition back into the community. This initiative is in the planning stages. Stay tuned.

Recovery-Focused Transformation Initiative

The Recovery-Focused Transformation (RFT) initiative was launched in 2014 with the charge to enhance the recovery orientation of all of the state’s 26 public safety-net providers. Working with a handful of regions each year, consultants meet with a range of staff at each CSB to envision the recovery-oriented services and approaches that staff would like to see in their treatment settings. Consultants then provide training and other assistance that helps CSBs plan concrete ways to make their facilities more recovery-focused and to accomplish these specific goals. RFT will have worked with all 26 Medicaid behavioral health providers by 2019.

Peer Workforce Development

Georgia’s Certified Peer Specialists work in treatment, organizational, and community settings, providing personalized services that empower individuals with mental conditions substance use disorders and their families lead the lives they choose. Georgia CPSs also respond to a range of urgent community needs, such as by reaching out to individuals in emergency departments who have overdosed on opioids and offering hope, services, and support.

ORT is committed to ensuring Georgia’s peer workforce remain highly trained and engaged. We support CPS training, Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP) workshops, Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) training, Mental Health First Aid training, and the annual Recovery Walk, to name a few.