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Recovery Advocates in Livingston, Inc., RAIL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Recovery Community Organization (RCO), it was established in March of 2019, to provide sober living recovery housing and recovery support services to people in Livingston County, Michigan. 

Our guiding principles are:

  • To provide a safe, affordable and structured sober living environment.

  • To provide recovery support services including employment services and job training; case management and individual services coordination, providing linkages with other services (e.g., legal services, social services, food stamps, health care); outreach; relapse prevention; long term housing assistance and services; child care; transportation to and from treatment, family support groups, life skills; spiritual and faith-based support;  substance use disorder education; parent education and  support services; recreational activities and the  sober living skills to heal.

  • To educate the community on substance use disorder focusing on prevention, treatment, and relapse prevention and long term recovery and reduce stigma.

  • To collaborate with all community sectors on substance use disorder focusing on prevention, treatment, relapse prevention and long term recovery programs.

  • To support advocacy through education and training.

  •  To advocate for recovery housing and recovery support services on a broader stage to regional, county, state, and federal organizations. 

Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) definition

A recovery community organization (RCO) is an independent, non-profit organization led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery that does any, one, or combination of the following activities. These activities are available to all community members and are not restricted to individuals enrolled in a specific educational, treatment, or residential program. 

  • conduct ongoing local recovery support needs assessment surveys or focus groups

  • organize recovery-focused policy and advocacy activities

  • increase recovery workforce capacity and expertise through training and education

  • carry out recovery-focused outreach programs to engage people seeking recovery, in recovery, or in need of recovery-focused support services or events to educate and raise public awareness

  • conduct recovery-focused public and professional education events

  • provide peer recovery support services (PRSS)

  • support the development of recovery support institutions (e.g., education-based recovery support programs, recovery community centers, recovery cafes, recovery ministries, recovery-focused employment programs, recovery-focused prison reentry programs, etc.)

  • host local, regional, or national recovery celebration events

  • collaborate on the integration of recovery-focused activities within local prevention, harm reduction, early intervention, and treatment initiatives

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