Alliance for Recovery Centered Organizations (ARCO)

Uniting and supporting a network of local, regional, and statewide recovery centered organizations through shared knowledge, resources, and networking.

Members are a diverse group, from many pathways, led and governed by People with Lived Experience (PWLE), linked together through networking opportunities and sharing resources.

These include strength-in-numbers advocacy; support for the certified and non-certified peer workforce; organizing and strategic planning; education; networking; and fundraising. You’ll be welcomed into a growing community of organizations you can learn from and help. Join the Alliance, and let’s advance recovery and wellness initiatives everywhere.

ARCO is an Alliance of new, emerging, and established recovery and wellness organizations.

The move from Association to Alliance meets the growing need for an expanded recovery support network and provides an even more active, beneficial relationship with ARCO members.

As true Allies, we unite in a bond of shared experience and a desire to improve lives in our communities. To that end, ARCO links recovery centered organizations and their leaders with local, state, and national allies through networking opportunities and shared resources.

Whether we understand “community” as our local recovery club, wellness center, recovery residence, or a regional advocacy organization, as an Alliance we can organize for positive action more effectively. Disparate recovery centered organizations and communities connect in substantive ways to learn, to share, and to advance recovery at every level.

Through ARCO at Faces & Voices of Recovery, we are committed to:

  • Building a stronger advocacy movement
  • Expanding recovery support services everywhere
  • Protecting and expanding the rights of individuals
  • Intentional focus on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Supporting the peer workforce
  • Implementation of national standards and best practices 


ARCO members are a diverse, growing network of recovery centered organizations that have applied for and, through a peer-review process, received a recommendation for ARCO membership. Large or small, new or well-established, if your organization is centered on advancing and/or supporting recovery in your community, you are welcome in our Alliance.

Chances are that somewhere near you, a dedicated group of recovery advocates is working to change things for the better. Whether through perceptions, resources, policies, or legislation, we are all working to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities impacted by substance use and mental health disorders. As an ARCO member, you’ll gain strength and support –  through collective knowledge, vast resources, and hard-won expertise –  to create steps toward positive change.

Our Alliance Welcomes:

  • Recovery Community Organizations
  • Recovery Community Centers
  • Recovery Advocacy Organizations
  • Family Recovery Organizations
  • Faith-Based Recovery Organizations
  • Recovery High Schools
  • Collegiate Recovery Programs
  • Recovery Residences
  • Alternative Peer Groups
  • Recovery Support Groups
  • Recovery Cafés and Clubs
  • Arts-Focused Recovery Organizations
  • Wellness-Based Organizations
  • Non-Profit Organizations Centered on Recovery
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RCO National Standards

If you are a Recovery Community Organization (RCO), review our national standards. To ensure fidelity to the Recovery Community Organization model, Faces & Voices of Recovery and recovery organizations and their stakeholders have identified a set of national standards for Recovery Community Organizations. Contact us to see if this pertains to you.

RCO Certification

The Alliance certifies Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) based on a four-tiered approach and undergoes a rigorous peer-review process based on their commitment to the RCO National Standards and thorough governing practices. The RCO Certification Program recognizes organizations dedicated to promoting recovery from substance use and co-occurring disorders and supporting affected individuals, families, and communities. Contact us for more information.

Benefits of Membership

Find out how ARCO Members benefit from being connected with our growing network of recovery centered organizations, communities, and allies across the country.

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Members on the Map

See just how far and wide ARCO membership reaches across the country! ARCO members are positioned across the US to organize and work more effectively with national recovery support services organizations and partners to effect positive change, everywhere. Due to increasing global interest, we are also organizing internationally and welcoming new friends in communities abroad.

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Member Medical Plan Options

View our health plans for ARCO members! Explore health plan options and see what other employers are doing in this arena. Let Benecurv help you create the benefit package most beneficial for you and your employees.

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RCO Toolkit

The RCO Toolkit is a must-read for Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) starting up and looking to grow. This is one resource you need, whether you’re just beginning or wondering about next steps. The RCO Toolkit shares core strategies and tactics that grass roots organizations around the country have used to develop strong local and statewide groups.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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