Detroit Recovery Project

An organization, predominantly serving the African American community, that supports recovery by providing access to integrated networks of culturally competent holistic services

The Detroit Recovery Project (DRP) is a private, non-profit organization that supports individuals in identifying and resolving barriers to achieving a healthy and productive lifestyle in recovery. DRP does this through:

  • recovery support services, such as mutual aid groups, housing and employment assistance, and recovery coaching
  • providing social support and family support
  • health education
  • life skills training  

DRP aims to strengthen, rebuild, and empower under-served communities affected by substance use disorders and predominantly serves blacks, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in an urban area. There is a focus on racial equity and justice. The organization evolved out of the Detroit Recovery Project Coalition, initially a group of parents in recovery that were concerned about youth substance use and later was joined by a variety of community, local, and state-level agencies. Therefore, DRP also has a focus on prevention. 

More information on the program can be found in the presentations here and here, the video here, and the annual report here

Aims to strengthen, rebuild, and empower under-served communities affected by substance use disorders.

Continuum of Care
Type of Evidence
Response Approach
Family Support
Housing, Education, and Employment
Recovery coaching

Evidence of Program Effectiveness

This program is being formally evaluated and self-reports that members and participants of the Detroit Recovery Project had the following outcomes: 

  • 91.4% of participants remained abstinent (Did not use alcohol or illegal drugs)
  • 100% of participants had no involvement with the criminal justice system
  • 54.3% were currently employed or attending school
  • 51.4% had a permanent place to live within the community