During the last decade, it has become clearer that substance addiction is “a progressive, chronic, relapsing disease....One aspect of the disease of chemical dependency that is least understood is relapse... Relapse can occur at any point in recovery. The Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs.
Recognizing the long term implications of dealing with a a progressive, chronic, relapsing disease, Central City Concern (CCC), seeing a need for an organization focused solely on the recovery aspect of addiction, created and funded the Recovery Association Project (RAP) in 1999 through a one year grant from the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).
In 2004 CCC received a large 4 year CSAT grant to operate a recovery center and to provide psycho-social services for people in recovery. They used this grant to continue to fund RAP activities.
In 2005, CCC was chosen to administer the state funded Oregon Recovery Home (ORH) project. CCC used RAP to administer operations and they administered the financal side of the grant. This put RAP squarely in the center of Alcohol and Drug Free (ADFC) housing. Oregon Recovery Homes (ORH) is the largest alcohol and drug free housing provider in the state, housing over 1350 recovering addicts and their children (200) in 162 houses located across the state.
RAP ran the ORH contract for eight years. During that time, RAP developed significant experience in the "self-sufficient, democratically run, supportive recovery housing model." RAP grew the number of houses from 110 to 168 and the number of people served from 900 to 1350. RAP was able to maintain and stabilize the system through the 2008 recession with its high unemployment.
In the meantime, RAP also started exploring the possibility of providing housing, using the "self-sufficient, democratically run, supportive recovery housing model" for other at-risk populations, including domestic violence survivors, chronically homeless women and children, and people using medicated assisted treatment methods for dealing with addiction. In recognition of the potential for using this model with these populations, RAP has developed contracts with Clackamas and Multnomah Counties targeted at these populations and received grants from the Collins Foundation and the Meyer Memorial Trust. RAP presently has 110 beds in the Tri-County Area.