The Association of Recovery Community Organizations

The Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO) at Faces & Voices of Recovery unites and supports the growing network of local, regional and statewide recovery community organizations (RCOs). ARCO links RCOs and their leaders with local and national allies and provides training and technical assistance to groups. ARCO helps build the unified voice of the organized recovery community and fulfill our commitment to supporting the development of new groups and strengthening existing ones.

All RCOs that are led and governed by the recovery community are welcome to join. The benefits of membership include the opportunity to participate in an annual 2 day Leadership Academy. ARCO has hosted Academies in Denver, Dallas, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Washington, D.C..

The 2017 ARCO Leadership Academy will be held July 17-19 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Our membership list keeps growing as we have reached 100 member organizations. 

ARCO members come together each year with other leaders to strengthen their ability to:

  • Influence public policy decisions by becoming familiar with initiatives affecting recovery, the players that influence policy and programming, and recovery advocacy strategies to impact policy
  • Explore different aspects of developing and sustaining a recovery community organization
  • Learn current practices in recovery community centers, peer services in diverse settings, and mobilizing community constituents
  • Engage in networking and support - becoming part of a national network of recovery community organization leaders in an ongoing learning community of practice.

The ARCO Leadership Academy was held in Arlington, VA (just outside of Washington D.C.) in 2015 and 2016.

Thanks to Advocates for Recovery (AFR) in Denver, Colorado for hosting the
2014 Executive Directors Leadership Academy!

Recovery historian Bill White and recovery leaders Bev Haberle, (PRO-ACT), Joe Powell (APAA) and Phil Valentine (CCAR) at 2013 EDLA in Dallas, TX.

Thanks to the Association of Persons Affected by Addiction (APAA) for hosting the 2013 Leadership Academy!

Thanks to Pennsylvania Recovery Organization - Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) for hosting the 2012 Leadership Academy!

Thanks to the Detroit Recovery Project for hosting the 2011 Leadership Academy.