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 17 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.

APGs are geared specifically to support youth recovery. The model has evolved from a faith-based, 12- step program for youth, to the comprehensive program in effect today. Research that studied students enrolled in APGs in Houston who were also enrolled in the Archway Recovery High School showed an 85% sobriety rate compared to a 30 % rate for students who did not attend the APG. (Basinger & Edens; Morrison & Bailey, 2011).

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 twice a week from 5-7pm. There are two Cape Cod locations.

Harwich

The Pleasant Bay Community Boating campus
2287 Route 28, Harwich, MA.

Falmouth

Gus Canty Recreation Center
790 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540