Substance Use Recovery

"TRUE RECOVERY is the healing of the human spirit. It is the recognition that we not only have the right to live, but the right to be happy. It is the ability to have a successful work/life and satisfying relationships with family members and other loved ones. TRUE RECOVERY means being able to experience all the joy of life without dread or a fear that it will end, and that it’s too good to be true."

– Marilyn J. White

Founder of the Realization Center

Recovery is possible for anyone wishing to live a life free of addiction. There are many methods such as Harm Reduction, Self-Help Groups, 12-Step Groups, Medical Treatment, Psychological Treatment, and Spiritual Growth. Millions of people around the world have achieved Sobriety and have stayed sober for many, many years. It just takes the ability to ask for help.

Treatment Programs

There are a variety of treatment programs available in New York City to anyone seeking help with their substance use or misuse. helpNYC has gathered a list of great programs at all levels of needs.

12 Step Fellowships

12 Step Fellowships are based on a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral challenges.

Self Help Groups & Resources

All Recovery methods can be defined as Self Help in one way or another. This section lists groups, programs, other methods people have used to find a life in recovery.

Harm Reducation Programs

Harm Reduction Programs aim to minimize the negative health, social, and legal impacts associated with substance use. Harm reduction is grounded in human rights and respecting a person’s dignity. It focuses on positive change and working with people without judgment, coercion, discrimination, or requiring that they stop using substances as a precondition of support.

Syringe Exchange Programs

Syringe Exchange Programs provide low-barrier access to clean and safe syringes for people who use substances. Using the harm reduction model, syringe exchange programs reduce the risk drastically for the transmission of diseases contracted through blood such as HIV and Hepatitis C. Syringe exchange programs are an integral part of the Harm Reduction approach to substance use treatment.