Recovery Cafe Programs
Recovery Café’s programming is designed to be consistent with evidence-based best practices and contains all the elements of a holistic intervention program. Our program helps people maintain recovery, reduce relapse and fulfill their potential. Important elements of this work include:
An ethos of radical hospitality is a catalyst for much of the informal but integral aspects of our program. Our healing milieu includes free, nutritious meals, coffee, tea and lattes, access to a computer lab, support in navigating the complex social services system, daily encouragement and a robust delivery of the message YOU MATTER.
Recovery Circles: Facilitated loving, peer-support groups hold Members accountable to be their best selves. Through weekly Recovery Circles, Members build community and develop skills for sustained recovery. Members are required to contact the Café if they are unable to attend a Recovery Circle.
Member Empowerment, Enrichment and Utilization: We are committed to growing and nurturing our Members to rebuild their lives as well as helping others do so. This peer-to-peer aspect of recovery support is one of the most powerful pieces of our success. Members are also encouraged to give back in one form or another. Volunteer acts of service range from helping keeping our classrooms clean or washing dishes to taking out recycling.
The School of Recovery: Programs and classes that address the underlying causes of addiction, teach coping skills, provide knowledge development, facilitate learning new skills, and build recovery capital.
Additionally, the Café provides dedicated space for 12-Step Meetings each week, including Alcoholics Anonymous (Spanish and English), Narcotics Anonymous, Business Debtors Anonymous, Alanon, Overeaters Anonymous and Dual Recovery Anonymous.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Our cohort of services synchs naturally with the new approach that Washington State Department of Behavioral Health has embraced as a more effective way to address chemical dependency issues: a Recovery Orientated System of Care (ROSC). A ROSC meets people where they are on the recovery continuum, engages them for a lifetime of managing their disease, focuses holistically on a person's needs, and empowers them to build a life that realizes their full potential. This person-centered system of care supports a person as she or he establishes a healthy life and recognizes the universal need for a meaningful sense of membership and belonging in community.
Recovery Café has been recognized by Washington State and King County experts as an excellent example of how a ROSC works. Through our work, we prevent individuals from another potentially life-ending crisis, saving taxpayer money in emergency intervention to stabilize them, and allowing mental health and addiction support professionals to focus on health maintenance and addiction prevention.
Our approach works. 90% of Recovery Café members report that our supportive community has helped them maintain sobriety. Through our supportive community and programs, our Members are able to lay a foundation of recovery on which they can build for the rest of their lives.
Donations to Recovery Café assist our efforts to continually expand and enhance our recovery support services and programmatic offerings that give people the tools, stability and mutually supportive environment they need to escape the trauma of addiction and mental illness; spend the rest of their lives drug-and-alcohol-free; and feel empowered to help others in the recovery process embrace recovery as well.