Recovery Digital Toolkit
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 toolkit seeks to help people with living with opioid and/or other co-occurring mental health disorders.
If you are in recovery or looking to support a loved one in recovery, this webpage will connect you to various digital tools that can support someone in their recovery journey.
If you are looking to connect with an organization that provides recovery resources, please visit our CPYD Recovery Resource Guide below for a list of locations near you.
If you are looking for national resources, please 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:
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!
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
Daily meditative thoughts
Track patterns in mood and behavior
Develop mindfulness practice
Learn tools to manage PTSD symptoms
There are many great web resources to learn more about OUDs, management, advocacy, and more.
Nomo is a sobriety app that allows users to track progress from multiple addictions, inclusive of substance use and others.
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
LGBTQ+ People in Recovery
Kenneth Young Center - Algonquin Office
650 E. Algonquin Rd, Ste.104
Schaumburg, IL 60173
For more information or to join this group,
Women in Recovery
Veterans in Recovery
Youth in Recovery
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 from the Recovery Research Institute.
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!
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
Point to Point
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:
Need help deciding if treatment is right for you?
Visit SAMHSA's Decisions in Recovery for support.