A Recovery Community Center is a recovery-oriented sanctuary anchored in the heart of the community.
It offers local networks of non-medical, recovery support services.
Recovery Community Centers are peer-operated centers that serve as locatable resources of community-based recovery support. People do not live at these centers, but rather these resources can help individuals build recovery capital at the community level by providing advocacy training, recovery information and resource mobilization, mutual-help or peer-support organization meetings (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, LifeRing), social activities, and other community-based services. They may also help facilitate supportive relationships among individuals in recovery, as well as community and family members. In turn, this increased recovery capital helps individuals initiate and sustain recovery over time.
Recovery Community Centers may also play a unique role that builds on professional services and mutual-help organizations, by connecting recovering individuals to social services, employment and skills training, and educational agencies.