Our Story

BACKGROUND

The BC Addiction Recovery Association (BCARA), formerly known as the Recovery Council of BC, was borne out of the early work of BC Centre on Substance Use in 2016 recognizing “Recovery” as an integral part of the continuum of interventions for individuals impacted by addiction and to have a collective voice of providers in responding to the emerging opioid crisis.

Our mission is to support persons in recovery from addiction by improving their access to professional services through the creation of standards, support services placement, training, education, research and advocacy. To do this successfully we need to create a clear voice to represent those delivering addiction treatment and recovery-based programs across British Columbia.

The purposes of the society are:

(a)  to ensure persons in recovery or seeking recovery from substance use disorder or substance addiction have access to appropriate services related to substance use disorder recovery or substance addiction recovery;

(b)  to inform and support the development and implementation of government and other regulatory bodies’ policies, standards and regulations related to substance use disorder recovery, substance addiction recovery, substance use disorder recovery services or substance addiction recovery services;

(c)  to inform and support substance use disorder recovery services, substance addiction recovery services, access to substance use disorder recovery services, access to substance addiction recovery services, substance use disorder recovery education, substance addiction recovery education, substance use disorder recovery research and substance addiction recovery research;

(d)  to act as a liaison or representative on behalf of substance use disorder recovery service providers, substance addiction recovery service providers and other relevant stakeholders in British Columbia in dealings with provincial governments, the federal government, or other regulatory bodies in relation to substance use disorder recovery, substance addiction recovery, substance use disorder recovery services or substance addiction recovery services;

(e)  to receive gifts, bequests, funds and property, and to hold, invest, administer and distribute funds and property for the purposes of the Society; and