Community Living: What RCOSA is all about.
As Funk and Wagnalls defines it, Community is “a group of people living together or in one locality and subject to the same laws, having common interests, characteristics”.
A group of people living together or in one locality-check. Subject to the same laws-or in RCOSAs’ case, rules and guidelines-check. Having common interests-check. Common characteristics-check. Sounds like “The We” part of the program to me.
That was the goal and still is: To provide recovering people a safe, structured, supportive, and enriching community environment.
Within the community lies accountability that seems to be solid groundwork for the newly recovering person to build their foundation. When a group of people live together and march on toward the same goal together, there is a strength that perhaps other modalities do not offer. To actualize the concept of putting common goals ahead of personal goals is the very substance that is recovery. To get outside of one’s own needs while at the same time sacrificing for the common good is a remarkable achievement-and one that provides for a self-directed plan of sobriety.
Many recovering people often allow their egos to direct their path and it will tell a person that they can recover on their own. In many cases, that very same person will relapse, experience increased negative consequences, and then give community living a shot.
I have seen those who dedicate their first six months up to a year of recovery to this type of thinking and living, and are able to learn and implement this new design for living with much better results- stay sober, deal with their feelings much better, and live a happy and purposeful life.