We are a Recovery Community Organization

A community where recovery from addiction is celebrated.

Our Mission

To promote life-long recovery from the chronic disease of addiction  through recovery support services, advocacy, research and education.

What is a Recovery Community Organization?

Recovery Vision
We have one goal: enhancing the quantity and quality of support available to people seeking and experiencing long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction.

Authenticity of Voice
Authenticity of voice means that an Recovery Community Organization represents communities of recovery.  People in recovery are on our board, on our advisory board and serve as volunteers.  Our dream is to employ many people in recovery.

We believe that an RCO is most credible and effective as a standalone entity. We are not under the control of any other organization but we may work closely with many organizations. We are a Kentucky non-profit with Federal 501(c)(3) status.

Our Core Values

We value all paths to recovery

Our tent is big enough for everyone.  Everyone is welcome, regardless of your recovery support, the medication you  may be on (or not on), etc.

We focus on recovery potential, not the pathology

When you seek our services, we will ask you how your recovery is going and how we can support your recovery. We want to move you along the road of recovery. We do not focus on details of your addiction. We focus on the future.

Err on the Side of Being Generous

When on the fence about a decision regarding a recoveree, we ask what the generous thing to do is and that steers us in the right direction. Sometimes, there is a tendency to be cautious because of our past experiences with people with substance use disorders. However, when we err on the side of being generous, we are giving someone the chance to do the next right thing. We change our thinking to that of optimism and hope rather than pessimism and doubt. We are subscribing to the belief that good works multiply.

Recovery is Holistic

Recovery is relational and we are supported through our social networks and the community. Promoting biopsychosocial wellness helps us promote holistic recovery.

People are in recovery when they say they are in recovery

The definition of recovery is personal, and we do not determine when someone else is in recovery. For some, recovery begins when they make the sincere commitment to change their relationship with drugs or alcohol. For others, recovery is abstinence from drugs and alcohol. You are in recovery if you are say you are, and you are welcome.

Err on the Side of the Recoveree

This is the essence of a strength based, person-centered approach. We do what we believe is best for you. We protect the privacy of individual recoverees.

We identify, nurture, and develop leadership from within the recovery community

This principle guides our decision-making process when selecting board members and volunteers. We actively welcome feedback about our programming from the recovery community of Central Kentucky.

We Ensure Diversity and Inclusion

We actively pursue diverse representation in all of our programming, including diversity of thought and recovery path. We believe diversity makes us stronger and will lead to a thriving organization that represents the recovery community of Central Kentucky. You are always welcome.

How do we live this out?

We develop leaders, offer opportunities for recovering people to express their collective voice and provide a forum for community service.

- Our advisory board of recoverees develops leaders
- Our speaker’s bureau gives voice to recoverees
- Recoverees volunteer in many aspects of programming such as telephone recovery support, Overdose Awareness Day, and someday will be essential to Recovery Coaching

We advocate for people in long-term recovery and their family members on issues that affect their lives.

- We educate legislators at the state level.  We participated with Shatterproof to share stories of recovery to legislators for SB 192. We spoke at the request of the Governor for HB 333.
- We participate in round table discussions at the federal level such as with Michael Botticelli, the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Eric Hargan, the acting Secretary of Health and Human Services.
- We collaborate with national groups such as Shatterproof and statewide groups such as APAAC (Addiction Policy Advisory Action Council) for a larger voice.

We educate the public, policymakers and service providers about multiple pathways of addiction recovery and recovery language.

- We develop resources.
- We partnered to create GetHelpLex a treatment resource locator
- We provide Overdose Response Training and naloxone distribution
- We provide Recovery Support Services which are non-clinical services created to begin and maintain a person’s recovery from addiction and better the quality of his or her own recovery.

This includes:
- Telephone Recovery Support
- Our developing Recovery Coaching program

We celebrate recovery through public events that offer living testimony of the transformative power of recovery.

- Our Overdose Awareness Day served 650 of us last year.
- Our first annual Living Proof Scholarship was awarded this year.
- The Living Proof Campaign was gifted to us providing us the opportunity to share the message that recovery happens.

We support research that illuminates effective strategies and the processes of long-term recovery.

- Two of our founding members are researchers at the University of Kentucky. We select programs that are evidence based.

We will create a recovery community center!

It will be:
- A recovery-oriented sanctuary anchored in the heart of the community;
- A visible, physical location where recovery community organizations can organize the local recovery community’s ability to care, by providing a variety of recovery support services and putting a face on recovery;
- A recovery resource for the local community, serving as a place where people still struggling with addiction and family members can enter and receive help in navigating the systems and services to get the help they need to build recovery capital
- A recovery resource offering a structured schedule of recovery-related workshops, trainings, meetings, services and social events.
- An organizational/human bridge between the professional treatment community  and the recovery community

It will not be:
- A 12 step club or drop in center
- A treatment or rehab center
- A place whose primary purpose is to get people into treatment
- Not a place to hang out, watch tv, or play cards

.We will offer peer-to-peer services aimed at strengthening recovery within an inclusive supportive community-based setting.

- All recovery groups
- Telephone recovery support
- Recovery coaching

We reduce stigma.

- We want to create a culture that supports recovery. Part of culture is language. We use recovery language.