Recovery community centers (organizations) provide peer recovery support services, organize recovery-focused advocacy activities, and carry out recovery-focused community education and outreach programs. They are independent, non-profit organizations led and governed by people in recovery. The broadly defined recovery community are people in long-term recovery, their families, friends, and allies, including recovery-focused addiction and recovery professionals. It also includes organizations whose members reflect religious, spiritual, and secular pathways of recovery. (22)

The sole mission of a recovery community center (organization) is to mobilize resources within and outside the recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). Public education, policy advocacy, and peer-based recovery support services are the strategies for achieving this mission.


  • Link the community to recovery resources.


  • Offer a safe space for people in recovery to connect to others.


  • Promote and advocate for recovery-ready communities.


  • Provide a place for individuals to volunteer.
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