What does it mean to be in recovery?

How do you know when someone is in recovery?

How can you support someone in recovery?

Recovery doesn’t have to be a mysterious process.

Learn how to support and empower loved ones on their personal recovery journey.

The first weeks and months are critical in one’s recovery journey. Receiving incorrect or outdated information about recovery at this time can mean the difference between maintaining one’s sobriety or experiencing a relapse or an overdose.

Our presentations are led by RICARES certified peer recovery specialists. all of whom identify as in recovery. The presentation explains the basic principles of recovery, how recovery happens in four key life areas, health home, community, and sense of purpose, and then informs people about the resources that exist in Rhode Island and the best way to access them.


Certified family peer recovery specialists are facilitating monthly recovery groups based on the CRAFT model. an evidence-based family recovery approach.

Recovery is no longer a mysterious process. Extensive research conducted over the last twenty years has profoundly deeper our knowledge of how to sustain successful long-term recovery from drugs and alcohol. We now know that it takes five years to stabilize recovery and everyone beginning their journey should develop long-term recovery support plans. People should expect at least two serious setbacks before their recovery stabilizes. We know that promoting successful long-term recovery requires work in four life domains: Health, home, community, and purpose.

We know that more than 40% of people with substance use disorder have co-occurring mental health challenges and addressing these challenges can be key to sustaining recovery. The same holds true of trauma. We also know that mutual aid fellowships – including AA, NA, and SMART recovery, have a high degree of success but there is now more accessibility to a diversity of pathways and we now have highly effective medications for opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder.


Introduce people to recovery resources that exist State-wide, offer them an individual plan for accessing these resources, and invite them to join one of the states’ many welcoming recovery communities that embrace the lived experiences of people in recovery from college and graduate student, bilingual individuals, working professionals, formerly homeless persons, military and public safety professions, formerly incarcerated individual and people who identify as LGBTQIA+.