Create Recovery-Ready Communities

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Recovery is not just a matter of individual treatment or individual approaches combined with peer group support. The whole community plays a role in supporting successful recovery.

Tools and Resources

Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC)

One approach advocated by SAMHSA and others is the Recovery Oriented Systems of Care.
  According to Ijeoma Achara, CEO of Achara Consulting, an ROSC is NOT:
  • A Model
  • Primarily focused on the integration of recovery support services
  • Dependent on new dollars for development
  • A new initiative
  • A group of providers that increase their collaboration to improve coordination
  • An infusion of evidence-based practices
  • An organizational entity, group of people or committee
  • A closed network of services and supports

Dr. Achara continues to explain that a ROSC is:

  • Value-driven APRROACH to structuring behavioral health systems and a network of clinical and non-clinical services and supports
  • Framework to guide systems transformation

SAMHSA produced a guide book on Recovery Oriented Systems of Care [1] in 2010, but there have been improvements to that general approach in recent years.

A ROSC is a coordinated network of community-based services and supports that is person-centered and builds on the strengths and resiliencies of individuals, families, and communities to achieve abstinence and improved health, wellness, and quality of life for those with or at risk of alcohol and drug problems. Visit Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) to learn more.

Café Model

The Recovery Cafe Model allows those in recovery to have a safe place that "meets people where they are on the recovery continuum, engages them for a lifetime of managing their disease, focuses holistically on a person’s needs, and empowers them to build a life that realizes their full potential." [2]  The organization is committed to successfully replicating the model in additional communities. Click here to bring a Recovery Cafe to your community.


Promising Programs

No single program or innovation makes a community the ideal place to support recovery, but communities can add things and then integrate them with treatment and recovery services to create a community that provides more support and better options for people in recovery.  

Recovery Community Organizations


Men's Sheds

This concept originated in Australia in the late 1990s, and there are now more than 1,000 Men's Sheds in Australia with thriving movements in a growing number of other countries. Available buildings (such as vacant warehouses, foreclosed houses that have been possessed by the city or county, or vacant space in a retail center) can be donated, rented or purchased to create a space for men to gather (and it would not need to be limited to men, but that has been the roots). The space is then filled with tools, workbenches, and materials that can be used for the men to tinker, build, fix, and putter--all while building new social relationship. More information on Men's Sheds


Community Gardening

Integrating participation in with a community gardening program can bring many benefits to people in recovery. It provides positive social interaction, skill building, improve access to healthy foods and more. Ideally, involvement with community gardening could be integrated with peer-to-peer recovery groups, recovery coaches, tools like rTribe or Triggr, or a comprehensive success plan managed in a community care coordination platform like XCare Community.  See more information on how gardening helps with recovery


Fitness & Recreation-based Recovery Programs

Programs like Phoenix Multisport in Colorado (and other places) have demonstrated the power of having a recovery community that emphasizes active living and recreation.

Tools & Resources

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