About Us

Your Recovery Community Organization (RCO)

We are New Jersey's first recovery community organization (RCO) linked to the national New Recovery Advocacy Movement and Faces and Voices of Recovery. We represent the recovery communities of Atlantic and Cape May county. We are actually a citizens group of people impacted by a substance use disorder (SUD) and we are entirely independent of any prevention or treatment program. In fact, one of our roles is to ensure quality treatment through advocacy. Our independence from the treatment industry and other stakeholders allows us to represent the needs of the recovery community honestly and vigorously. We are an authentic RCO in that we have a singular focus, are not involved in clinical services, do not profit from the population we serve and have no competing interests. We exist to provide as much recovery support as possible to transform to and maintain a Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC).

Our Peer Recovery Support Services take you from where you are to wherever you want to be. We know how to help you obtain what you choose to live, work and play in long-term recovery.   We respect that you are in recovery when you say you are. We celebrate the many effective pathways to recovery and believe that recovery must be self-directed and intensely supported. We are a volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit organization made up 100% of people and families who have been affected by a substance use disorder (SUD).

We are a CCAR Recovery Coach Academy with the capacity to train a recovery force of coaches to provide evidence-based non-clinical services which can extend the continuum of care from a few months to a few years, refocusing the system on recovery as opposed to treatment and perhaps making long-term permanent recovery the norm.


Our constituency is approximately 150,000 people in Atlantic and Cape May Counties who are in recovery from an addiction or who love a person who was once in active addiction but is now recovering. Our goal is to register each and every one of you to determine what you think we need to be doing to address unmet needs. Your identity will always remain confidential but your voice will be heard and your opinions counted. We know some of the answers because we had similar experiences as you but we believe in participatory decision-making and know that there is so much more to gain by more minds in the mix. We will never tell you what you need. Instead we will work to provide what you tell us you want. We also will use your contact information to send you things we think you want or need to know if you agree to allow us to communicate with you through email.

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We exist to build the recovery capital of Atlantic County and south Jersey. We know that in order to spare families from suffering that we must do better in the area of establishing a community where families in recovery can live, work and play. We will register every person in or seeking long-term recovery along with their families, friends and recovery allies in order to organize the recovery community so that mobilization is eventually possible.

Anonymous People is a documentary that describes what our movement is about. You may find that our beliefs and values are different than anything you have seen or heard. However, these principles are behind the evidence-based practices that have proven successful in other places around the country. Countless lives have been saved because of them and the families spared of suffering makes all of our work worthwhile. We coach our way to permanent long-term recovery with a relapse rate of 15% after five years of establishing recovery. 

Recovery Force carries a message of hope, as we are proof that individuals and their families can and do recover from substance use disorders, including alcoholism.

We are faces integrated throughout every neighborhood in Southern New Jersey living a life recovered from the universal destruction of a substance use disorder. We are the evidence that long term recovery in South Jersey is real. We will promote a campaign of taking off our masks as successful people from all walks of life so that the hope may be unleashed. Sharing our stories of recovery is our best offense in attacking a stigma that is THE BIG LIE ABOUT WHO WE ARE. Recovery Force will work to set this record straight.

In the image of Faces and Voices of Recovery, our national leader.  we represent a gateway into the recovery communities of Atlantic County, Our leaders are both inside and outside of our organization, but all are within the local recovery community. The Recovery Force gateway also leads you to our partners in the community education, advocacy and recovery support arenas.

Our role as the Recovery Community Organization (RCO) for South Jersey makes it incumbent upon us to be the hub for providing information and direct referral to programs and services in our area for the recovery community. This is a role that will evolve over the next several months as our capacity develops. 



Ambassador of Hope
Vanessa Vitolo

After her life was interrupted by a injury turn surgery turn prescribed medications turn heroin, with more to lose than most, Vanessa became the first person to admit her illness through public media outlets. Simply because of who she is, thousands of people chose to examine their beliefs about addiction rather than pass judgment on Vanessa. This immediately created HOPE for those who were never shown what life after addiction looks like.

We formed as a group of 5 Atlantic County families who lost a loved-one to the opioid epidemic and welcome all families who want to join us in sparing the suffering of others. Our efforts have since been joined by others and we are in the early stages of our development. We subscribe to the belief that it is not treatment nor the individual in treatment that fails but a system failure due to the lack of support for this chronic condition following treatment. Therefore, our primary focus is on providing flexible, accessible, comprehensive, evidence-based, long-term, post-treatment, non-clinical recovery supports for families and individuals who attain recovery. We embrace any and all pathways to recovery equally and define recovery as living a meaningful life, caring for your mental and physical health needs, having a place to hang your hat and having a connection to community life.

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