Get Involved Spotlight: Communities for Recovery
Communities for Recovery is a non-profit organization in Austin, Texas that supports long-term recovery for people with substance use and co-occurring mental health conditions by partnering with communities to provide volunteer peer supported recovery programs and services.
Men and women in the earliest stages of recovery share a common need for ongoing emotional, spiritual, and informational support throughout their journey towards long-term wellness. Our 110+ Peer Support Volunteers provide this support by introducing Recoverees to the following Recovery programs before they discharge from professional treatment:
- Back-to-Basics – an accelerated introduction to a 12-step program for those living with substance use issues
- Dual Disorders Recovery Achievers (DDRA) – an accelerated 12-step program for those living with substance use and mental health conditions.
- Cross Talk – informal group sessions of mutual support and sharing
- Teen and Young Adult Cross Talk – informal group sessions of mutual support and sharing for teens and young adults
- Family Cross Talk – informal group sessions of mutual support and sharing for family members and friends of those living with substance use issues
Through this process, Peer Support Volunteers “Give to Keep”™ – we GIVE the message of recovery TO others in an effort to KEEP our own recovery intact.
Located in a newly renovated, 7,000 sq. ft. Peer Recovery Support Center, Communities for Recovery offers Austin’s Recovery Community access to vital resources that help in maintaining long-term recovery. These include:
- Peer Recovery Coaching – mentoring and guidance that helps lower barriers for Recoverees seeking Employment, Housing, Education, Job Skills Training, and Transportation. Through this process, the Recoveree learns to develop a self-guided, individualized recovery plan, thereby lowering the incidence of relapse.
- Computer Access and Training Lab – an open access computer lab with internet and printing services. Communities for Recovery offers regular training workshops on résumé and cover letter writing, interview skills, and Microsoft Office Suite proficiency.
- Career Closet – a professional clothing resource that provides apparel, shoes, and accessories for men and women.
- Recovery Café – a fully-furnished café with Wi-Fi connectivity and recovery resources available.
- “Give it Forward” Recovery Library – education and recovery literature available free-of-charge.
- Meditation Room and Large Programming Rooms
- Access to community facilitated mutual support groups, such as Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Opiate Addicts Anonymous (OAA), Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), SMART Recovery, and Celebrate Recovery
Because they have similar life experiences, the Peer Support Volunteers and Peer Recovery Coaches at Communities for Recovery have the unique ability to inspire trust, maintain confidences, and use what they have learned from their own journeys to demonstrate that
PREVENTION WORKS. TREATMENT IS EFFECTIVE. PEOPLE RECOVER.
Video and audio for post produced by Mike Lee.