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What is an rco?

Recovery Community Organizations are led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery. These communities organize recovery-focused policy advocacy activities, carry out recovery-focused community education and outreach programs, and/ or provide peer-based recovery support services.

rco core principles

Recovery Vision

RCOs focus on the reality of long-term recovery for over 20 million Americans and their families. The RCO, its leaders, and members have a singular goal: enhancing the quantity and quality of support available to people seeking and experiencing long-term recovery. 

Authenticity of Voice

Authenticity of voice means representing the interests of communities of recovery. A guiding principle is self-governance, mutual aid and support. RCOs are developing to serve communities, with leadership by and for community members.

Accountability to the Recovery Community

RCOs credibility and effectiveness depends on their ability to be accountable and responsive to the community they work in and with.

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What role do RCOs play in the recovery movement?

RCOs increase the visibility and influence of the recovery community and engage in activities that fall under one or more of the three core activities of policy and advocacy activities, recovery-focused community education and outreach programs, and peer recovery support services.

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