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People can & do get better.

There are so many paths to recovery: wellness practices like exercise and nutrition, spirituality, and peer support, along with talk therapy and (sometimes!) meds. Explore your options to find the combination that's right for you. There are also great supports  for people who need help for their loved one.

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Download Our Support  Group Guide.

People who are experiencing the same issue as you understand better than anyone, and they can help! Our region offers many peer support groups, both for individuals & for families.


Options include NAMIDBSA12-step programs like AA and NA, The C.A.R.E.S. GroupCCARSMART Recovery, supports for suicide, hoarding & more. To learn about alternatives to 12 step programs, click here.

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If you're in recovery from a mental health condition or substance use disorder, we'd love to hear your story.

Become a part of the inspirational "Recovery Happens Here" campaign created by DMHAS and also be featured on The Hub. Film a 1 - 2 minute video describing how your life has changed since being in recovery and email it to us along with the two signed media consent forms below. One gives The Hub permission to use your video and one is for DMHAS.

The Hub Release form (Spanish)        DMHAS Release form

Recovery Resources


CCAR is a centralized resource in CT for all things recovery. Whether you are contemplating a life in recovery, are new to recovery or are in long-term recovery, CCAR is there to help.

Visit website.


Alternatives to 12 Step
Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12- step programs, like Al-Anon, are very well known. But there are other models for peer support. Check them out to find the best fit for you!

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SMART Recovery is a global community of people and families working together to resolve addictive problems. In the free group discussion meetings, participants learn from one another using a self-empowering approach based on the most current science of recovery.

Find a local meeting.

Positive Directions Hosts Meetings in Our Region.


Recovery resources for teens and young adults in Connecticut.

Visit website.

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Adventure Recovery provides one-on-one adventure mentorship, group experiences, and guide training. The AR model utilizes outdoor skills as the foundational learning tools for growth of real skill-sets and for personal transformation.

Learn more.

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For referrals to the peer-based supports and a list of trainings and wellness programs call


Visit website for additional resources.

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The Phoenix

A sober community that offers online and in-person fitness classes and activities.

Visit website.

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Online chat and resources for those with substance use disorders.

Visit website.

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Crisis Resources

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Visit our COVID resources page for more hotlines and warmlines.

Peer Support Specialists & Recovery Coaches

If you're in recovery and are ready to help others, consider becoming a Recovery Support Specialist or Recovery Coach!


Learn about the training to become a Recovery Support Specialist (focusing more on mental health) or Recovery Coach (focusing more on addiction). We are working on legislation to get certified peer support covered by insurance. Read our peer support legislative factsheet.


CCAR Emergency Department Recovery Coaching Program

Learn about the new CCAR service offered in 20 hospitals in CT. Watch the video to learn more.

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