Through this project (R24DA051988; M-PI: John Kelly and Bettina Hoeppner), we are building a research infrastructure that enhances the study of recovery community centers with a focus on their utility for persons who were or who are being maintained on medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder.

Evidence indicates that OUD (opioid use disorder) is a chronic condition best managed with long-term use of medications. While medications for OUD (MOUD) save lives and reduces related harms, individuals suffering from OUD tend to be in need of additional services. Thus, even among those with OUD who are able to access life-saving medications, there is a need for additional recovery support services to enhance functioning and quality of life.

Among professional and non-professional services for substance use disorder, recovery community centers are the “new kids on the block”. They are often located in the heart of their respective communities and provide a variety of services including recovery coaching, relapse prevention skills-building, employment and job training linkages, recreational activities, civic participation, and a host of other services designed to help people in, or seeking, recovery from substance use disorder.

To advance the development of efficacy and/or effectiveness research on RCCs for persons who were or who are being maintained on medications for the treatment of OUD (P-MOUD), we are orchestrating activities on a national level to engage multiple stakeholders.



On the menu to the right, you can find links to the various activities we are organizing for this project. Please use the menu to navigate to the pages that interest you.





In case you’re not familiar with what an RCC is, or want to learn more about RCCs, please check out the following videos. They will give you an idea of what happens when you walk through the door of an RCC.

Lost Dreams Awakening

4D Recovery

Northampton Recovery Center


The attached slides are a brief introduction to the project:

Advancing the Science on RCCs – Introduction Slides