Alpha 180’s owner, Bob Ferguson, often asserts that “people get sober in treatment, but find recovery in community.” This powerful statement serves as the foundation of Alpha 180’s philosophy on young adult recovery. While abstinence in treatment is no small feat, we believe that long-term recovery must involve the realization and pursuit of our dreams. Our goal at Alpha 180 is to inspire transformation in young adult men by engaging them in a voluntary and vibrant recovery community. As often as possible, we avoid mandates and requirements, believing that with appropriate guidance and accountability, young men in recovery will inherently realize their potential. Of course, direction and guidance are pivotal, but surface-level compliance with another’s agenda will not create lasting change. Individually opting into recovery, as opposed to involuntary engagement in treatment services, is critical to the long-term success of an individual. Even more so, it is critical to the health of a community.

William White, one of the leading advocates of Open Community Recovery, proposes that community recovery must be a voluntary process through which a community uses a common call to purpose (i.e. overcoming addiction) as a vehicle for collective healing. Additionally, “community recovery elevates the prognosis for personal/family recovery by elevating external recovery capital” (White, 2007). This is accomplished by creating the space where recovery can flourish and increasing the infectious hope within the community.

At Alpha 180, our primary healing agent is community. The therapeutic value of community for the treatment of recovery does not occur by accident. Program features, such as Intensive Outpatient Programming, Academic Recovery Support, and sober living, serve as essential supports, but the true value of these offerings lies in the feeling of belonging and purpose that comes from community.

Valentine, P., White, W. & Taylor, P. (2007). The recovery community organization: Toward a working definition and description. Retrieved from:

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