Two experienced Black leaders in Southeast DC co-founded RCDC to provide a space of belonging for people who have experienced addiction and, often, the related challenges of homelessness, mental health diagnoses, or incarceration. Individuals struggling with addiction benefit from peer-led communities that support their long-term healing. Every week, members participate in a Recovery Circle where they hold each other accountable to their commitment to recovery. They share their challenges and successes in sessions facilitated by trained member leaders, building deep trust with each other. Trained volunteers further the healing by offering regular classes in art therapy, goal setting, and trauma awareness. RCDC also helps members look ahead, connecting them with needed employment, housing, and health resources. The relationships nurtured here are transformative — 100% of individuals in recovery for drug use say RCDC helps them prevent a relapse. Everyone deserves a second chance.
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