The Culture of Recovery (www.cultureofrecovery.org) project advances an agenda for change to systems as well as for people experiencing mental health problems and substance abuse. The Culture of Recovery project intends to form a new set of values and principles consistent with a recovery perspective: autonomy and empowerment; building hope and living from a position of wellness not illness.
Engaging and supporting people in recovery to expect wellness and autonomy, and to inspire personal growth and change, requires participatory education, to change beliefs and thinking, as well as experiential education to learn practical skills related to being well and exercising choice. For more detailed information about the project, refer to the Building a Culture of Recovery article under Publications.
Four Pillars define the Culture of Recovery:
 Language leverages or sustains power and affects engagement. In mental health, the term “consumer” was adopted to shift the label from the primarily medical term “patient” – the term “survivor” is used to indicate the reality of having literally survived both the experience of mental health problem or diagnosis, and its treatment. Our project uses the term “person or people in recovery” as a mindful strategy to promote a hopeful and wellness oriented perspective and because this usage is consistent with recovery as a critical exercise.