This website is for people wanting to be involved in creating a community around recovery in Portland, Oregon. We're striving to create an alternative model to 12-step programs, SMART recovery, Refuge Recovery, and more. What makes this project unique? We want to start a group which puts the focus on recovery for EVERYONE, with peer-led mini-classes to teach practical coping skills, grounding and mindfulness practices, how to set boundaries-- really, things that everyone could stand to learn or brush up on. These are the things you learn in a clinical setting when dealing with substance use and mental health struggles, and that knowledge is essentially out of reach for the under-insured and people who just don't require a stay in the hospital. This project is essentially about accessibility to quality, evidence-based recovery methodologies. "Take what works and leave the rest" is the starting premise rather than an afterthought. For people struggling with addictions, both complete abstinence and harm reduction are presented as viable options, while gently encouraging dialectical abstinence, a model which takes the best of both worlds, and offers a more compassionate take on relapse.
All of this is being presented as an ongoing experiment, and subject to change. We want to empower others to start similar groups where they are and adapt them to that particular community's needs. Join the conversation!
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