Recovery & Support

The Ohio CareLine is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Behavioral health professionals staff this support line and offer confidential support for individuals who may be struggling to cope with current challenges in their lives.   Please call 800-720-9616.

What is recovery?

According the to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.


There are four major dimensions that support recovery:

  • Health—overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.

  • Home—having a stable and safe place to live.

  • Purpose—conducting meaningful daily activities and having the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.

  • Community—having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.

Peer Support


Let's Get Real of Huron County

Let's Get Real of Huron County is a peer recovery organization which provides peer support services, recovery support groups, and operates ALERT (Area Law Enforcement Recovery Team) in Huron County.  Let's Get Real also offers a walk-in peer center located in the basement of 2 Oak Street in Norwalk.  For more information click here:


SAMHSA defines peer recovery supporters as people who have been successful in the recovery process who help others experiencing similar situations.  Peer recovery supporters help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, helping to reduce the likelihood of relapse. 

Peer support workers engage in a wide range of activities. These include:

  • Advocating for people in recovery

  • Sharing resources and building skills

  • Building community and relationships

  • Leading recovery groups

  • Mentoring and setting goals

Peer support roles may also extend to the following:

  • Providing services and/or training

  • Supervising other peer workers

  • Developing resources

  • Administering programs or agencies

  • Educating the public and policymakers

what is

peer support?

what is

recovery housing?

Recovery housing is a safe and healthy living environment that promotes abstinence from alcohol and other drugs with peer support and accountability, relapse prevention, case management and employment skills training and other assistance to transition to living independently and productively in the community.


Levels of Recovery Housing 

There are four recognized levels of Recovery Housing in Ohio, which vary in structure and operation.


Level 1: Democratic, peer-run homes that include house meetings and self-help meetings, but no other formal supports such as paid staff and treatment. Housing is most often a single family home.


Level 2: Structured by house rules, peer run groups, house meetings and involvement in self-help as well as the availability of treatment services. Staffed by house manager. Can include single family and other types of dwellings.


Level 3: Supervised housing with administrative oversight. Treatment services available may be from a community provider offered onsite. Multiple and credentialed onsite staff such as facility manager and case workers.


Level 4: This level is certified and monitored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services as Residential Treatment.


Unifying Elements of Recovery Housing


  • Safe, Alcohol and Drug-Free Environment

  • Person driven length of stay

  • Creating a safe, stable community of peer support


Who is Recovery Housing for?

  • Individuals who are actively seeking recovery.

  • Individuals who desire a safe and structured living environment with others who share the same goal of sobriety.

  • Individuals who desire to participate in supportive services, or treatment services to further their recovery.

  • Individuals at risk of homelessness because they are exiting treatment, incarceration, military duty or are living in an environment that puts them at risk for using substances.

Recovery Housing

House of Hope

House of Hope is a Level 2 Men's Recovery House located in Willard, operated by Family Life Counseling & Psychiatric Services.  For more information click here:


Miriam House

Safe and stable transitional housing for women and their children, located in Norwalk and operated by Catholic Charities. Staff help residents identify issues that have contributed to their homelessness and promote recovery.  For more information click here:


Huron County Support Services

Adult Advocacy Services


Guardianship services for severely mentally ill adults with the goal of providing people with an appropriate level of care and guidance so their living arrangements can be stabilized and their dignity upheld.  For more information click here:

Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS)


The Huron County LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) Team is run by Let's Get Real, Inc. and provides outreach and support to survivors of suicide loss in Huron County. Services provided include: crisis response outreach when a death by suicide occurs, ongoing outreach to suicide loss survivors, providing support resources to loss survivors,  facilitate Survivors of Suicide Support and/or grief support groups.   For more information click here:

NAMI of Huron County


NAMI of Huron County offers support groups, education and advocacy for individuals, families, and caregivers of those living with mental health issues. All NAMI support groups are free to the public.  For more information click here:



Huron County REACT (Responder Exposure Assistance and Care Team) offers peer support for local first responders. All peer supporters on the team are retired and active first responders from our Huron County departments who have been trained in peer support. The program provides information and resources to first responder departments and links them with REACT peer supporters if an individual is in need of additional support for any reason. For more information click here:

Huron County Support Groups

A list of local support groups from Let's Get Real may be found here.
Please click the links below for more information regarding local support groups.