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What is a Recovery Community Organization?

(RCO) is an independent, non-profit organization led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery. These organizations organize recovery-focused policy advocacy activities, carry out recovery-focused community education and outreach programs, and/or provide peer-based recovery support services (P-BRSS). (Valentine, White, & Taylor, 2007).

A Peer Support Recovery Coach is someone with personal experience in recovery who assists others seeking to initiate and maintain recovery. A Peer Support Recovery Coach helps individuals navigate through obstacles and works to remove barriers to recovery by serving as a personal guide. Peer Support Recovery Coaches help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse. Peer support services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking a successful, sustained recovery process.

Peer Support Recovery Coaches

  • Work in a peer-to-peer capacity rather than a professional-to-client-capacity.
  • Empower the individual by helping them identify and remove barriers in recovery.
  • Connect the individual to resources in order to help foster and sustain long-term recovery.
  • Support multiple recovery pathways.