Overview of Recovery Services


The Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) seeks to improve the quality of life for Arkansans by providing a comprehensive, recovery-based and consumer-driven behavioral health system of care utilizing evidence-based or promising practices which include trauma-informed care principles.  We value the strengths and assets of consumers and their families and believe these should be recognized and utilized as an essential perspective of treatment to support a self-determined life.  


DBHS has adopted Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s (SAMHSA) definition for Recovery in Arkansas:

“A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”

Through the Recovery Support Strategic Initiative, SAMHSA has delineated four major dimensions that support a life in recovery: 

  • Health:  overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms—for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem—and for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional wellbeing.
  • Home:  a stable and safe place to live;
  • Purpose:  meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society; and
  • Community:  relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.

Over the coming months, stakeholders and consumer/family groups will be asked to participate in open forums to identify Guiding Principles that best reflect ways Arkansas programs and services can promote a recovery oriented system and guide system development efforts.