Recovery is Possible!

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 like NAMI and SMART Family & Friends for people who need help for their loved one. Scroll down to learn more.

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

CT's 24/7 Crisis Supports

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There are state and national hotlines to help you in your time of crisis

COVID-19 Free Online Support

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Coping with COVID-19 mental health resources

Virtual Recovery Resources


Learn about resources that can be used to virtually support recovery from mental/substance use disorders & to help local recovery programs create virtual meetings.

Focus on Wellness

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The 8 Dimensions of Wellness model is a useful way to assess our lives, balance our priorities & find ways to relieve stress. Learn more & find tips, apps & local resources.

Free Peer Support Groups in the Region

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Get our list of peer support groups for individualsfamilies, organized by topic. People who are experiencing the same issue as you understand better than anyone, and they can help! Options include NAMI, DBSA, 12-step, C.A.R.E.S., CCAR, suicide, hoarding & more.

Our SMART Recovery Groups


SMART Recovery combines peer support + skills building. The Hub has SMART groups focused on teens, young adult and Family & Friends in the region that are facilitated by the young adults from our TurningPointCT.org project. There is a Spanish language group in Bridgeport.

Alternatives to 12 Step


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

Peers in the Behavioral Health Workforce

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Learn how peer support specialists are used as part of behavioral health treatment teams. See summary of the panel presentation at our Catchment Area Council meeting in February 2018.

Become a peer specialist


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. 

Language Matters

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Learn how to better communicate with those struggling with addiction.

CCAR Emergency Department Recovery Coaching Program


Learn about the new CCAR service offered in 20 hospitals in CT.