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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 those with other self-destructive behaviors, from domestic abuse to chronic homelessness. RAP believes that the Oxford model of housing can be used to further the recovery of all at-risk populations.
The value of RAP's services go beyond the individual. Recovery is important to the community at large.
Recovery is a primary tool of prevention. Self-destructive behaviors are progressive, chronic, and relapsing. This is certainly true of substance abuse. But think of the domestic violence (DV) survivors who move from one abusive environment to another. By encouraging recovery we prevent relapse.
Self-destruction also is a family disease. Children growing up in homes with one or more alcoholic parents are 4 times more likely to become alcoholics. There is an expanding base of literature which strongly supports a heritable basis for alcoholism and a range of family influences that may direct the development of children of alcoholics. By helping to keep parents in recovery, we prevent problems in the next generation.