We are a Recovery Community Organization (RCO) comprised of people in recovery, our families, friends and allies. Organizationally, we are completely independent from other entities involved in the substance use system so that our allegiance to the people and families of South Jersey is never compromised by special interests of any kind. We embrace all pathways to recovery, do not benefit financially in any way from our work and exist only to improve life for people impacted by a substance use disorder. We represent a national movement of principles and practices that have made life after addiction a reality for thousands and we fully intend to make that reality happen for the great people of Atlantic and Cape May counties. Our independence from the treatment industry, allows us to:
Celebrate all pathways to recovery equally and honestly
Ask "How Can We Help You With Your Recovery Today?" each and every day to each and every person and have the freedom to deliver without restrictions
Focus exclusively on what individuals and their families want and need and work to make that happen - without any concern for what programs and their employees want and need
Provide effective peer recovery support services by persons trained by a CCAR Recovery Coach Academy, which has trained over 30,000 recovery coaches worldwide, by employing coaches in an organization that does not stand to gain financially from any decision that may be influenced by a coach.
We Do Three Things:
We are part of the New Recovery Advocacy Movement, launched over a decade ago under the leadership of William White and Faces and Voices of Recovery, that continues to expand throughout the country making a huge difference in the quality of life for individuals and families where it takes hold. Excited by the prospect of saving lives and reducing suffering among families in deep South Jersey, a founding member brought 10+ years experience learning this movement in Philadelphia to his roots in Atlantic City and the surrounding area. Strongly influenced by the work of William White, PRO-ACT, Faces and Voices of Recovery, the Philadelphia Recovery Community Center and the transformation of Philadelphia from an acute care model to a recovery-oriented system of care (ROSC), RECOVERY FORCE of Atlantic County pioneered this movement into the State of New Jersey as its first RCO in 2015 in hopes of bringing relief to the great people and families of South Jersey. We have operated a small pilot over the past 18 months and are now prepared to go county-wide within Atlantic and Cape May counties. We need people in our community impacted by addiction to join our volunteer workforce, as we can end the horrible suffering that our good families are enduring if all of us affected join in and do what we can.
We seek to put an accurate face and voice on recovery, using individuals and families willing to offer their lives and stories as testimony that long-term recovery is a reality. Communicating the reality of long-term addiction and alcoholism recovery, the diverse pathways taken, to the culture as a whole, policymakers, the media, and local communities is an effort to replace the stereotype with new and more accurate points of reference. Learn More.
Advocacy for a RCO like Recovery Force of Atlantic County refers to local advocacy. In that we mean, advocating to ensure that the services provided to our population are of the highest caliber and that our government and oversight bodies are placing a value on our lives that is consistent with others suffering from a medical condition. We will ask questions, rally for change, speak out against disregarding us and refusing to be subordinate to current members of the status quo in South Jersey. We, as the recovery community of over 150,000 are not represented until now.
These services are evidence-based interventions that are provided to people and families still struggling with, in treatment for or in recovery from a substance use disorder and, in some cases, in lieu of treatment. Further, in our effort to improve quality of life for all families impacted, the needs of those families who have lost a loved-one due to a substance use disorder are a special focus. Learn More.
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