Vision for the Future

Taking an Innovative Approach:

Creative Recovery Initiative

Creative expression sustains and supports recovery but rarely has creative expression been used in the United States as a formalized recovery approach.

Studies show that creative writing, painting and singing can increase a person’s confidence and empower people to stay in recovery.

Creative expression has been found to be valuable in providing people in recovery with a comfortable way to discuss difficult issues, relieve stress, and find common ground with their peers, supporting their long-term recovery success.

The Creative Recovery Initiative

Recognizing the vast potential to foster stronger long-term recovery, Together Place developed the Creative Recovery Initiative comprised of two parts: Creative & Vocational Recovery Groups and Creative Community Events hosted by those in Recovery.

Together we can build

A Community without Stigma

Stigma is one of the largest challenges facing people in recovery. Meaningful face-to-face interaction — between those in recovery and the broader community — reduces harmful stigma. At Together Place, community exists inside our walls — peers in recovery groups, friends at the diner, one-on-one sessions with a CIPSS — and through community collaboration as a cornerstone of our Creative Recovery Initiative.

Uplifting Community Asset

Once run-down, Together Place Peer Run Recovery Center is now an uplifting community asset. Together Place is taking a leading role in community development through the arts and neighborhood revitalization. Visit our Stories of Maine Exhibit (virtual exhibit coming soon!) or join for an upcoming Community Event.

Peer Run Recovery Groups

Focused on mental health recovery, substance use recovery, vocational skills, and creative recovery, all groups are led by Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialists (CIPSS). They build empowering connections with group members and offer first-hand experience and encouragement that long-term recovery is possible.

Join in Our Vision

With your support, we can reduce Maine’s higher than average overdose and suicide rates, offer life-saving supports, and foster stronger recovery outcomes for Mainers struggling with mental health and/or substance use challenges. Thank you!