DC Recovery Community Alliance

DCRCA provides support for people seeking wellness and recovery from the effects of substance use and/or mental health challenges in a safe and affirming environment. Individuals come together in their communities, receive one-to-one peer support, obtain information and life skills helpful to their individual path to wellness and recovery, and make a difference in the lives of others in recovery.

DCRCA is sensitive to the differences among ethnic, racial, and linguistic groups and has understanding and awareness of how people’s cultural backgrounds, beliefs, traditions, socioeconomic status, history, and other factors affect their needs and how they respond to services generally used to describe interventions or practices.

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The DC Recovery Community Alliance (DCRCA) is an organization of people in long-term recovery, their friends, and their families, committed to victory over the stigma and suffering caused by alcohol and other drug isorders in Washington, DC. We believe in the vital roles of science, faith, and personal practice in this effort. We educate, advocate, celebrate, and serve to advance and sustain recovery for the entire community.

Our Vision for the Community

  • We envision a community where alcohol and other drug disorders are recognized early, treated promptly, thoroughly, and effectively, and where recovery is sustained for a lifetime.
  • In our vision, people in recovery are respected as valued citizens–full partners in the larger community that cherishes each member and works to benefit all.

Our Core Values

  • Voice of People in Recovery. DCRCA believes that people suffering from addiction and in recovery must have a voice in defining solutions to addiction and strategies for supporting recovery for them to be effective. As people in recovery, we are uniquely positioned to speak on behalf of people still suffering because of the authenticity of our experience.
  • Self-Determination and Respect for People in Recovery. As people in recovery, we walk in pride. We believe that people in recovery are deserving of respect and equal treatment–not stigma, shame, and discrimination. People suffering from addiction and people in recovery are entitled to inclusion in society as equal citizens with both rights and responsibilities.
  • Sustainable Recovery. A belief that recovery can be sustained is central to DCRCA’s values, vision, and mission. DCRCA is committed to evidence-based practices in which recovery is an expected outcome. We also recognize that people can come to the gift of recovery through many different paths and entrance points.
  • Love and Service. DCRCA speaks and acts from the heart. As people in recovery, we believe in the power of service to others to sustain our own recovery.
  • Principles and Honesty. DCRCA is committed to honest and ethical stewardship of resources and of our members’ gifts and service to the community. We are committed to a disciplined focus on our vision, mission, and goals.
  • Addiction as a Chronic Disease. DCRCA believes that addiction is a public health concern that affects families and communities, not an individual moral failing. As a medical disease, addiction should be treated by the health system using a medical model. Addiction should not be seen as a crime and “treated” by the criminal justice system. While DCRCA believes that all people in a civil society should pay for the consequences of their actions, addicts should not have to “pay more and pay longer.”
  • Recovery as a “Win-Win.” Everyone has a stake in recovery. When policies, systems, and communities support sustainable recovery, everyone wins. All of our lives are improved.


Nearly all of DCRCA’s recovery support services (RSS) providers are in long-term recovery. Our coaches are in continuous training to increase their knowledge base and share recovery life experiences and best practices.

Our Services include:

  • Recovery support evaluation
  • Recovery support management
  • Recovery coaching/mentoring
  • Life skills support services
  • Education support services including individual and group education
  • Care coordination
  • Transportation Services
  • “Open” recovery meetings
  • Recovery social activities
  • Spiritual support services


DC Recovery Community Alliance

DC Recovery Community Alliance


Facing Addiction and The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) are proud to announce the merger of our organizations – creating a national leader in turning the tide on the addiction epidemic.
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