Positive peer-based recovery support for teens

An Alternative Peer Group provides a new group of friends with alternative attitudes, values judgements, processes and behaviors that support the change necessary for recovery.

Peer-based recovery support

An Alternative Peer Group provides a new group of friends with alternative attitudes, values, judgements, processes and behaviors that support the change necessary for recovery.

Research shows that adolescents are far more likely to relapse when experiencing social pressure than adults. This is a safe place for teens 13 to 18 years old to collaborate and to create a new sober life.

Fun is an important element in our program and helps teens build lasting, healthy friendships.

Members can define their activities, but they may include hiking, weekend excursions, concerts, gym time, fitness/yoga, classes/education, art/music, dinners with peers, community service and skills building exercises.

Graph shows positive benefit of participating in an APG
Almost 3 times greater recovery rate for APG participants.

Significant Recovery Rate

Integrating recovering peers and positive social activities into an evidence-based clinical practice works.

Overall, since APGs have been in existence, participants have a recovery rate greater than 85% versus a nationwide recovery rate of around 30% (Basinger & Edens).

Key components to the RecoveryBuild APG

  • Teen Group counseling sessions
  • Parent and Family Support
  • Homework support
  • College and employment support
  • Individual session with counselor
  • Recovery Peer Mentor support
  • Pro-social activities
  • Recovery and skills building meetings
  • Education resource center – treatment decision support

RecoveryBuild meets after school and throughout the year.

Location & Times

The RecoveryBuild APG meets:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-7 pm
PIER Recovery Center
209 Main Street, Hyannis, MA

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