It’s real. Simple & plain. We’re all in the same recovery boat, trying to be better and have a better life.
APAA was founded in 1998 as a 50l(c)3 tax exempt organization and quickly garnered national recognition as a Recovery Community Organization (RCO). In 2013, APAA became the first RCO in Texas to receive national accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Peer Support Services. We serve persons who are in recovery or seeking recovery from substance use, many with co-occurring mental challenges. We are not a clinical service provider. Rather, APAA’s operational model is peer-driven and peer-led, meaning that all “coaches” who work with clients (peers) seeking recovery as well as all staff are themselves persons in long term recovery.
APAA’s goals are focused on permanently changing the lives of people seeking recovery, thus eliminating the “revolving door” of addiction. We know that sustainable, successful recovery is more than abstinence from alcohol and drugs; it is about building a full, productive life in the community. For the people we work with, this may seem like an overwhelming task. Many have burned the bridges that allow for a contingency plan—their families may no longer be willing to lend a hand or open their doors, employers may not rehire, and physical health may have deteriorated.
APAA’s membership shows a relatively limited educational attainment which, combined with physical and mental disabilities and other constraints, makes it very hard for most to find employment and independent living arrangements. Members with arrest and incarceration records are especially challenged. Clearly, recovery for people in the APAA community is a multi-dimensional process that requires simultaneous confrontation of several issues in addition to fighting temptations to relapse.
APAA facilitates priceless opportunities for a person to impact the recovery and hope of other people.
For a wholistic approach to recovery, taking care of your mind, body, spirit and emotions is important.