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Recovery Resources

It's Time to Recover!


What is Recovery?

Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. This recovery resource page seeks to help people with living with opioid and/or other co-occurring mental health disorders.























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If you are in recovery or have a family member that is in recovery, check out the CPYD Recovery Resource guide which displays support services in the Northwest Suburbs dedicated to substance use prevention, treatment and recovery.

Visit the CPYD Recovery Resource Guide


For National Resources, 

Visit Recover Together with Google

What are the Stages of Change?

There really is no one right way to recover from opioid and/or other substance disorders, however there have been five stages identified that many individuals go through during the recovery process.

These stages are:


• Pre-contemplation

• Contemplation

• Preparation

• Action

• Maintenance

Curious about what stage of recovery you might be in? Learn more by clicking here.

No matter what stage you are in,
there are resources to support you along the way! 

Peer Support Community

Connecting with trained facilitators and peers with lived experiences can be a good way of learning about recovery and developing your own pathway towards recovery.

Join a Group:

There are Multiple Pathways to recovery! Find a meeting and format that works for you!

Find a SMART Recovery Group


Find an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Group

Find a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Group

Digital Tools

In addition to recovery support groups, there are many digital technologies that can support you on your recovery journey.


Apps can be useful tools to manage symptoms, track progress, or even meditate. The following apps are available on iTunes (IOS) and Google Play (Android). 


Count and celebrate sobriety from addictions

The Language of Letting Go

Daily meditative thoughts

Mood - Journal and Anxiety

Track patterns in mood and behavior

Mindfulness Coach

Develop mindfulness practice 

PTSD Coach

Learn tools to manage PTSD symptoms





There are many great web resources to learn more about OUDs, management, advocacy, and more.

Addiction Survivors

Advocates for Opioid Recovery

Faces of Recovery

Hazeldon Betty Ford

National Recovery Month

Start Your Recovery Journey


Nomo is a sobriety app that allows users to track progress from multiple addictions, inclusive of substance use and others. 

Medicated Assisted Therapy (MAT)

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat opioid or substance use disorders and prevent overdose.


MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates.

There are three (3) Medicated Assisted Therapies (MAT) approved by Medicare in Illinois:

• Buprenorphine

• Methadone

• Naltrexone

Need help deciding if treatment is right for you?
Visit SAMHSA's Decisions in Recovery for support. 




Naloxone is used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation to enable breathing while one is experiencing an overdose from opioids, heroin, fentanyl or fentanyl analog. If you or an individual that you know is at risk of an opioid overdose, Naloxone may save their life! 

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This medicine should not be used in place of emergency medical care for an overdose. If someone you know is currently experiencing an overdose, please dial 911.

Naloxone is available in four various methods: injectable, auto-Injector, Intranasal and nasal spray. Naloxone is available over the counter or distributed freely by organizations.

Individual or Group Naloxone training:


Find Naloxone in your area


Elk Grove Village Cares

Chicago Recovery Alliance

Point to Point

National Listing


Learn more about Naloxone and how to prevent overdoses. 


Words Can Heal

The words we use, even as persons in recovery, can further discourage individuals from seeking treatment. By reframing the words we use about substance use, we can be break stigmas around addictions.


One thing we can do is to use people first language. For example, instead of saying "addict," we would refer to "a person with substance use disorder." 


Learn some other words at the Addictionary.

Affirming Diverse Experiences

Many communities can benefit from recovery support services that affirm their unique experiences and challenges. Below are resources specific to Native/Indigenous people, LGBTQ+ people, veterans, women and youth.

Native People in Recovery


White Bison


LGBTQ+ People in Recovery

CPYD LGBTQ+ Resource Guide

Kenneth Young LGBTQ+ Center

Recovery Research Institute

LGBTQ+ Smart Recovery Meeting

Thursday, 6:00p-8:00p

Kenneth Young Center - Algonquin Office

650 E. Algonquin Rd, Ste.104

Schaumburg, IL 60173

For more information or to join this group, contact

Women in Recovery 

Women for Sobriety

Veterans in Recovery 

VHA Pain Management

Youth in Recovery

Youth in Recovery

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