Recovery Corps is transforming how Baltimore tackles addiction. Recovery Corps recognizes the value of those in the city who are often forgotten and still stigmatized: individuals recovering from substance dependence. Recovery Corps identified more than 100 of these individuals who have successfully managed their recoveries for at least two years, then trained and mobilized them to serve as peer recovery advocates across the city. Because they are succeeding against all odds to stay clean, they have a wealth of experience and knowledge that they draw on to help others make the same transition from addiction to long-term recovery.
Recovery Corps is the first volunteer corps of its kind in the country created and recognized by a mayor to serve a major city. Recovery Corps is also the first time in the country that volunteer peer coaching and peer outreach has been systematically integrated into addiction treatment centers, as part of establishing a more recovery-oriented system of care in a city.
Recovery Corps Impact
Corps members have helped to strengthen people’s recoveries:
- 603 individuals assisted to enter, stay in, complete, and/or manage recovery after treatment
- Provided support services or linked individuals to support services in 1180 instances
As a result of their service experience, corps members have strengthened their own recovery:
- 21 corps members who were unemployed have found employment
- 2 corps members who were either unemployed, or employed only part-time, are now serving as full-time AmeriCorps members, receiving stipends, benefits, and education scholarships
- Statistically significant increases in corps members’ quality of life
What people say about Recovery Corps
“I’m beginning to recognize the significance of sobriety. Garrett makes me realize that there’s hope. I know that there’s a gorilla doing push-ups out there just waiting for me to come out and return to drugs. But I like this world I’m in now. I like each and every moment of this new light.” –Steve, treatment center client, assisted by Recovery Corps member
“Being a Recovery Corps member means so much to me. I’m experiencing something I never thought I would. When I get up in the morning, I know what I’m here for.” –Latif, Recovery Corps member