We work with leading experts in effectively treating substance use issues to offer people a single source of relatable, reliable information at any stage of their recovery journey.
StartYourRecovery.org provides helpful information for people who are dealing with substance use issues — and their family members, friends, and co-workers, too. We know that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges faced by those who misuse alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs, or other substances, and we aim to break through the clutter to help people at any stage of recovery.
Our goal is to offer people who are dealing with substance use issues a single source of reputable, objective information about signs, symptoms, conditions, treatment options, and resources — presented in a user-friendly format and in language that’s easy to understand. First we asked: “Why doesn’t someone offer access to these resources in one place?” Then we asked: “Why don’t we?”
To do it, we bring together leading clinicians and experts in substance use prevention treatment and recovery from nonprofit, academic, and government institutions — the Education Development Center, The Jed Foundation (JED), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Veterans Health Administration, Yale University School of Medicine, and more. Reingold — a leader in creating outreach campaigns that promote mental health awareness and help-seeking — works with these experts to assemble, validate, and present the best information available for people dealing with substance use issues.
StartYourRecovery.org encourages people to find the support they need, or to help their loved ones encourage and support help-seeking. We hope this website is an easy way to learn about substance use and addiction and to determine your next step, whether it’s having a conversation, learning more, or seeking professional help.
While we cannot diagnose or treat substance use and mental health conditions, we can say with confidence: Help is available, and treatment works.
Help us improve our site by submitting your questions and comments here. Please note: we can not provide you with medical or treatment advice. For emergencies, including suspected overdose, call 911. For confidential free help, from public health agencies, to find substance use treatment and information, call 1-800-662-4357.
Start Your Recovery generates revenue by selling advertising and premium listing products. We are committed to generating revenue responsibly, and raising the bar for the entire treatment industry. You can learn more about these services here. After beginning as a pro-bono project, Start Your Recovery became an independent Limited Liability Corporation in 2021.