The Recovery Association Project (RAP) exists to serve the interests of recovery communities.
RAP believes that everyone, including addicts, has a basic right to live a meaningful, self supporting, productive life.
RAP believes passionately that empowering individuals in recovery promotes their growth as individuals and their reintegration into the community, thereby becoming a powerful force for prevention of relapse and breaking the cycle in the next generation.
It is this belief that drives RAP. For many years, RAP worked primarily with addiction, advocating for programs to help treat addiction and providing safe and clean, supportive housing for those in recovery.
Slowly, RAP has become convinced that safe, clean, and secure supportive housing in early recovery is a critical tool to prevent relapse for anyone with self-destructive behaviors, from domestic abuse to chronic homelessness. RAP believes that the our model of housing can be used to further the recovery of all at-risk populations.
Safety for Others
Everyone has the right to feel safe. Everyone in the house has the responsibility to foster feelings of safety in others. Everyone in the house has experienced violence and many suffer from PTSD. RAP houses are not secure in the way a shelter is secure, but there are policies designed to provide safety. Chief among these policies is that all the houses are Alcohol and Drug Free.
Rights and Responsibility
Life in a RAP house is about accountability and responsibility, not rules. Most of our members come from abusive environments with many, many rules. They have not had the opportunity to internalize the idea that they have rights and that with those rights come certain responsibilities. (see Rights and Responsibilities) Given the chance, they will re-create the environment they know and understand - a rule based environment. We want them to outgrow their past and internalize a sense of responsibility by insisting on accountability
Accountability flows from rights and responsibilities. When you talk to people who are truly in recovery, they will tell you that accountability is the most important thing they have learned; accountability to themselves, their families, their jobs and the world around them. We teach accountability by creating an environment in the houses where everyone has specific responsibilities and when those responsibilities are not carried out they are held accountable not by a manager, but by their peers.