The Camp Recovery Center Launches Volunteerism Project as Part of Addiction Recovery

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New emphasis on volunteerism allows recovering addicts to discover the benefits of community service during drug rehab at The Camp Recovery Center.

We find that promoting a spirit of volunteerism has been an effective and positive addition to our recovery program.

The spirit of giving is filling the hearts of recovering addicts thanks to a new series of volunteerism projects. Individuals in addiction treatment at The Camp Recovery Center do more than focus solely on themselves and their addiction recovery efforts; every Tuesday, a group is shuttled over to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Watsonville or a homeless shelter in Santa Cruz in an effort to help improve others’ lives as well.

The Camp Recovery Center – or “The Camp” for short – encourages patients to volunteer their time and energy to a worthy cause such as Second Harvest by loading up fresh food supplies like potatoes, carrots and fruits for local hungry families. Patients work assembly line-style for three hours or more at the food bank, filling up bags of food.

“We find that promoting a spirit of volunteerism has been an effective and positive addition to our recovery program,” says James Bailey, Executive Director of The Camp. “Donating oneself to a larger cause inspires feelings of purpose and a sense of belonging to a community. This can be especially beneficial during a recovering addict’s most vulnerable times of helplessness and loneliness.”

The Second Harvest Food Bank was the first food bank in California and is the second oldest in the nation. Its mission is to end hunger and malnutrition by educating and involving the community. To this end, volunteers are critical to their success.

“Without volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to help the community like we do. They are our bloodline,” says Danny Robles, Volunteer Services Manager for Second Harvest. “It has been a privilege working with The Camp’s volunteers.”

According to its website (, last year over 3,200 volunteers contributed the service-equivalent of more than 20 full-time employees. Each year, Second Harvest distributes a total of 7.2 million pounds of food to local families and seniors in the Santa Cruz community through over 180 agencies and programs.

“Our patients talk about how good it makes them feel and how much fun it is,” says Bailey. “They know they are giving back to their community and most volunteer week after week.”

About The Camp

The Camp Recovery Center provides comprehensive detoxification, residential, outpatient and aftercare treatment programs for adults and adolescents struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. For more than 25 years, The Camp has been one of the premier substance abuse treatment programs in the country, providing a uniquely effective combination of therapy, medication management, 12-Step work, and recreational and experiential therapies to build a firm foundation in recovery.

The Camp Recovery Center is a proud member of CRC Health Group, which offers the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral healthcare services in the nation. With the largest array of personalized treatment options, individuals, families and professionals can choose the most appropriate setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management and therapeutic education needs. CRC Health Group is deeply committed to making its services widely and easily available to those in need, while maintaining a passion for delivering the most advanced treatment available.

For more information, please call (866) 515-5253 or visit Camp Recovery Center.


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