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. We are based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We have evolved from a traditional brick-and-mortar model: we started out as a nonprofit offering prevention-oriented, direct-services in a physical location. Now, we operate with a virtual model that allows us to bring recovery-oriented advocacy, education, and transformative experiences directly into the community, workplaces, and organizations where we work.

While most providers respond to those in addiction crisis, there is a relative void of programs, advocacy, and support services aimed at sustaining and supporting long-term recovery. In fact, the lack of focus on long-term recovery perpetuates the belief that appropriate treatment is a short-term intervention. This is not true. Addiction is progressive and recovery is a process.

To honor our founding purpose, we strategically reoriented the organization in 2016 to become an active proponent of long-term recovery from addiction.

What does ‘open recovery’ mean?

Open means open to interpretation. People in Open Recovery live our lives openly and without shame. We share our recovery status and talk honestly about our addiction. We are not embarrassed by who or what we are.

In Open Recovery, we are called to open doors, hearts, and minds. We will not accept blame or discrimination because of addiction. We are open to celebrate how far we have come and what is possible. We are open to inspire others and to collaborate on solutions.

We are open to multiple pathways in recovery, including harm reduction. We are open to breaking down the barriers of negative, inhumane stereotypes. We are open to removing stigma, which is causing people to die.

How will your recovery grow when you live it openly, with pride?

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 tradition of anonymity fostered by Alcoholics Anonymous and other fellowships. We focus on supporting people to live openly in recovery.

We do not ask people to identify as members of any group or to disclose their membership to a fellowship.

We are an independent, nonprofit organization. Our organization’s founder Marty Mann self-identified as a recovering alcoholic and member of AA. Marty’s connections to AA and founding board members Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith are part of our organization’s history. However, we are not associated with their fellowship. 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. Our work is focused on ending the stigma and shame associated with addiction so more people can find sustained recovery.

Center for Open Recovery supports people who seek and maintain their own paths to recovery. The path a person chooses is their own personal decision and right.

We do not promote any one path to recovery. We are here to help empower and embolden those who seek help until they find recovery. When they do, we support them to live out loud and openly, so others can see what is possible.

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.

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 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.

Does COR offer PC1000 – Drug Diversion?

Effective June 1, COR is no longer offering this program. For referral information, please contact Mission Council.

Does COR offer DUI classes?

Effective June 1, 2017 COR is no longer offering DUI nor Diversion Classes
Please find referral information below.
To enroll in 12 Hour, 3-Month, 6-Month & 9-Month Programs in San Francisco, please contact:
DRIVERS PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE (DPI)   415- 905-5555   350 Townsend Street, Suite 205 San Francisco 94107 or
To enroll in 12 Hour, 6-Month,  9-Month & 18 – Month Programs in San Francisco, please contact:
MISSION COUNCIL/DRY ZONE   415- 826-6767   154-A Capp Street Francisco 94110 (Spanish Available)
For additional DUI Providers located OUTSIDE of San Francisco, please visit: