Here are some of the questions we hear most frequently about this change to our identity and mission. If you don’t see your question here, email us and we’ll try to provide an answer.

What is Center for Open Recovery?

Center for Open Recovery is an independent non-profit 501(c)3 organization serving the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our mission is to champion long-term recovery by ending the stigma of addiction. Therefore, our new name moves the focus from the disease to the solution. Our vision is a world where there is freedom from addiction. Our work encompasses prevention, treatment, and support for long-term recovery from addiction.

There is an abundance of capable direct service providers in the Bay Area supporting those struggling to recover from addiction. Yet there is a void in programs, policies, education, and services focused on sustaining and supporting long-term recovery.

In line with NCA-BA’s founding purpose to meet the unmet needs in our community, we decided to reposition ourselves to become the San Francisco Bay Area’s key proponent of long-term recovery from addiction.

What does ‘open recovery’ mean?

Open – is open to interpretation. Open to live life in recovery without shame. Open to collaborate on solutions. Open to share stories of addiction and recovery. Open to seek support without barriers. Open to help others find and stay on their paths. We are Open.

How does open recovery mesh with the idea of anonymity and the traditions and principles of AA?

Center for Open Recovery sees no conflict with our work and the traditions of anonymity fostered by Alcoholics Anonymous and other fellowships . We are an independent, non-profit organization. We do not represent nor are we allied with AA or any other peer-based fellowship. We respect and recognize that there are many paths to recovery.

Alcoholics Anonymous has been the path to recovery for many alcoholics, including our organization’s founder, Marty Mann, who self-identified as a recovering alcoholic and member of AA. Marty’s relationship to AA and its founders Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith is part of our organization’s proud history. In fact, both men were founding members on the Board of NCADD.

Center for Open Recovery supports people finding and maintaining paths to recovery; whichever path they take is their own personal choice and right. We do not publicly promote any one path to recovery over another. There are many paths. We are here to help inspire others to seek until they find theirs.

Is this part of NCA-BA or something different?

Center for Open Recovery is an evolution of NCA-BA. We remain grounded in and inspired by the vision and work of our founder Marty Mann, “to help individuals, families and entire communities discover a path of recovery – a life free from addiction to alcohol and drugs.”

Center for Open Recovery is now the name of our organization. NCA-BA remains the name of our well-known DUI and Drug Diversion programs that offer direct services to clients mandated by courts and the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

With the introduction of our new brand we are differentiating ourselves from the many important community services that provide crisis support, and are identifying ourselves as a resource, partner, and champion of the solution of sustaining long-term recovery.

Are you still an affiliate of NCADD?

Yes, Center for Open Recovery remains an independent affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. We are proud of our history and value the continued collaboration with our affiliates and colleagues across the country.

Why introduce Center for Open Recovery now?

Our mission has been, and remains, to meet the unmet needs in the community to reduce the prevalence and consequences of addiction and alcoholism. Many able organizations provide direct services to people in the acute crisis stages of addiction. After decades of work in this area, we have decided to move to another stage on the continuum of care that receives less attention and resources: supporting long-term recovery.

Center for Open Recovery wants to see recovery become an accepted part of community health and wellness. We want to show that it is normal for people to “work” their programs and stay sober through on-going vigilance. Rather than being ashamed of their addiction and silent about their recovery, when people are empowered to share their struggles and accomplishments, they can inspire others to face their addictions and find paths to recovery.

There is a parallel with other diseases. For example, education, advocacy, communication, and involvement have largely erased the fear and shame once associated with having HIV/AIDS with the reality of positive living with HIV.

There also are economic reasons to focus on long-term recovery. Instead of spending public funds on punishing people, we want that money invested in health, recovery, and wellness.

How much are you spending on this rebranding?

The cost has been minimal due to the pro bono support we have received from members of the International Association of Business Communicators and other volunteers. We have invested in our communication materials, including our website, in the way that any responsible non-profit would.

Are you changing everything or just the logo?

We are changing the name of the organization, the logo, and are introducing some modest developments in the look and feel of our communications. The overwhelming majority of our efforts remain focused on our programs and clients.

For the time being, we will continue to offer the in-house programs which NCA-BA delivers, including DUI and Drug Diversion classes, testing, counseling, and assessments. As we continue to unveil Center for Open Recovery and introduce ourselves to the community at large, our objectives will be clearly reflected in new recovery-focused initiatives.

How can I help?

We welcome and value your support. Please consider making a donation, sponsoring our events, or offering pro bono or in-kind help.

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By supporting Center for Open Recovery you will be helping those in our community affected by the disease of addiction—including people who are actively addicted, people in recovery, and their families and friends. You will be helping San Francisco save potentially huge sums of money by changing the status quo of how addicted people are treated from costly and reactive to cost-effective and humane.

Please do what you can to help, and be a part of the evolution from shaming to understanding, accepting, supporting and celebrating recovery.