RECOVERY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS (RCO)

Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) are independent, non-profit organizations led by local recovery allies. Allies may be people in long-term recovery, their families and friends, recovery-focused professionals or simply concerned citizens with an interest in providing support.

The Difference Between Achieving Recovery and Sustaining Recovery

In practice, achieving recovery deals with the short-term treatment of addiction, whereas sustaining recovery brings in the long-term process of developing healthy and meaningful lives. According to the Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO) at Faces and Voices of Recovery, RCOs “help to bridge the gap between professional treatment and building healthy and successful lives in long-term recovery. They increase the visibility and influence of the recovery community and engage in one or more of three core activities:

  • Educating the public about the reality of recovery,
  • Advocating on behalf of the recovery community,
  • Delivering peer recovery support services.”

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Recovery Community Organizations in New York State

Ultimately, RCOs create a culture that supports and sustains recovery for individuals and their families. While there are more than 200 in the U.S., there are fewer than 20 in New York State. While these vital organizations are making a difference in their communities, far too many communities still don’t have one of their own.

FOR-NY is committed to helping to develop a Recovery Community Organization in every county across the state. We’re providing technical assistance and support to existing RCOs and helping others to start them in counties where none yet exist.

Looking for even more information about Recovery Community Organizations? Examples of best practices for creating and organizing structure, working with the community and more, can be found in our RCO Toolkit.

RCO Toolkit

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Find a Local Recovery Community Organization

New York’s RCOs –  here’s where you’ll find contact information for New York’s existing RCOs.

Albany

Friends of Recovery – Albany (FOR-Albany)

Summer Smith 5k Addiction Awareness Memorial Run

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Bronx

Odyssey House OH ROCS- Recovery Center

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Cayuga

Nick’s Ride 4 Friends

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Columbia

Columbia County Pathways to Recovery

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Delaware & Otsego

Friends of Recovery – Delaware and Otsego Counties (FOR-DO)

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Dutchess

Friends of Recovery – Dutchess

Restoration League

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Erie

Friends of Recovery- Greater Erie (FOR-GE)
Save the Michaels of the World
Addict 2 Addict (A2A) Family 2 Family (F2F)

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Fulton

Friends of Recovery – Fulton

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Greene

Mountaintop Cares Coalition

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Manhattan

Alumni Association of New York
Brothers in Recovery
Emma L. Bowen Community Center

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Monroe

Greater Monroe Recovery Community Organization
Recovery Now New York RCO
ROCovery Fitness

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Montogomery

Friends of Recovery – Montgomery

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Nassau and Suffolk

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Oneida

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Onondaga

Friends of Recovery – Onondaga

H.E.A.L. Onondaga

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Orange

Friends of Recovery – Orange

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Orleans

Orleans- Recovery Hope Begins Here

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Putnam

Friends of Recovery – Putnam

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Rensselaer

Recovery Resources of Rensselaer County

Nopiates

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Rockland

Friends of Recovery – Rockland

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Saratoga

Recovery Advocacy in Saratoga (RAIS)

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Schenectady

Friends of Recovery – Schenectady

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Schoharie

Friends of Recovery – Schoharie

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St. Lawrence

Seaway Valley Prevention Council

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Steuben

Friends of Recovery- Steuben County

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Ulster

FOR-Ulster County

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Warren & Washington

Friends of Recovery – Warren & Washington

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Westchester

FOR-Westchester

Drug Crisis in Our Backyard

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“I love being part of a Recovery Community Organization because my Recovery Community is amazing!”

~ Ashley Livingston

“I love being part of a Recovery Community Organization because my Recovery Community is amazing!”

~ Ashley Livingston