Peer Run Recovery Groups

All groups are led by Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialists (CIPSS) who have experienced mental health and/or substance use challenges and are on their own chosen path of recovery. CIPSS build empowering connections with group members and offer first-hand experience and encouragement that long-term recovery is possible.

Join a Peer Run Recovery Group

Below is a list of currently offered peer recovery groups. To find out when they meet next scroll down to view our Peer Run Recovery Group calendar.

Music Support

Music can relieve depression and stress and bring people together in recovery. In this group members pick songs and reflect on what the songs mean to them.

See the calendar below for the meeting schedule

Present Together Mindfulness

Discuss and practice mindfulness techniques to cultivate a present state of mind.

 

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Recovery FOR-U

In this group, we explore ways to boost self-esteem, meet life’s challenges and realize we ARE worthy of happiness. We learn how to set boundaries that will get us equality, respect, and happiness. We discuss how to create healthy relationships with current and future friends, partners, siblings, parents, co-workers, and anyone else in our lives.

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Creative Writing

Experienced teachers and published authors join Together Place to teach six-week workshops on literature and creative writing. Investigation of poetry, stories and writing technique awakens the imagination and enhances growth, expression and connection. Open to the public. 

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Pathways to Recovery

Have you just started thinking about recovery, or are you already on a journey of recovery but feel you need to make some important changes?  This group teaches self-direction and motivation to help you achieve your recovery goals.

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Anger Management

Anger and substance use disorders often co-occur, increasing the risk for negative consequences such as physical aggression, self-harm, distressed relationships, loss of a job, and criminal justice involvement. In this group we learn to manage anger effectively, stop violence, gain self control over thoughts and actions, and receive support from others.

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Coping With Depression & Anxiety

A support group for individuals navigating the challenges of depression and anxiety, offering empathy, resources and hope.

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Smart Recovery

Encourages individuals to determine a recovery path that is right for their needs and beliefs.

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Maine Can Work

Maine Can Work is a unique discussion platform to assist individuals who are interested in returning to work. In this curriculum you can start from wherever you are in the process of moving toward employment. There are many supports to help you navigate the maze of benefits. You owe it to yourself to find another world of recovery through meaningful opportunities.

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Smart Recovery for Family and Friends

Are you looking for resources to help you support someone struggling with addiction? Is someone else’s addiction negatively affecting you? Perhaps you’re seeking an alternative to tough love? We provide effective, easy-to-learn tools to help us support loved ones while not supporting the addictive behavior. We heal ourselves in the process.

See the calendar below for the meeting schedule

Peer Run Recovery Group Calendar

For real-time scheduling announcements and updates, follow us on Facebook.

February 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
  • Coping with Anxiety & Depression
  • Music support
  • Open Peer Support
  • Grateful We’re Not Dead (NA)
2
  • What's Brewing?
  • Creative Writing with Pat and Robyn
  • Mind, Body, Spirit Group of N.A.
  • Open Peer Support
3
4
  • N A - Mind, Body, Spirit Group
  • Grateful We’re Not Dead (NA)
5
  • Check In - Activity
  • Smart Recovery
  • Mind, Body, Spirit Group of N.A.
  • Pathways to Recovery
  • Open Peer Support
6
  • Recovery For U
  • N A - Mind, Body, Spirit Group
  • Maine Can Work
  • Open Peer Support
  • Grateful We’re Not Dead (NA)
7
  • Anger Management
  • Smart Recovery for Family & Friends
  • Art Activity With Ginger
  • NA - Man Up Group
8
  • Coping with Anxiety & Depression
  • Music support
  • Center Advisory Board Meeting
  • Open Peer Support
  • Grateful We’re Not Dead (NA)
9
  • What's Brewing?
  • Creative Writing with Pat and Robyn
  • Mind, Body, Spirit Group of N.A.
  • Open Peer Support
10
11
  • N A - Mind, Body, Spirit Group
  • Grateful We’re Not Dead (NA)
12
  • Check In - Activity
  • Smart Recovery
  • Mind, Body, Spirit Group of N.A.
  • Pathways to Recovery
  • Open Peer Support
13
  • Recovery For U
  • N A - Mind, Body, Spirit Group
  • Maine Can Work
  • Open Peer Support
  • Grateful We’re Not Dead (NA)
14
  • Anger Management
  • Together Place Collaborative Community Meeting
  • Art Activity With Ginger
  • NA - Man Up Group
15
  • Coping with Anxiety & Depression
  • Music support
  • Open Peer Support
  • Grateful We’re Not Dead (NA)
16
  • What's Brewing?
  • Creative Writing with Pat and Robyn
  • Mind, Body, Spirit Group of N.A.
  • Open Peer Support
17
18
  • N A - Mind, Body, Spirit Group
  • Grateful We’re Not Dead (NA)
19
  • Mind, Body, Spirit Group of N.A.
20
  • Recovery For U
  • N A - Mind, Body, Spirit Group
  • Maine Can Work
  • Open Peer Support
  • Grateful We’re Not Dead (NA)
21
  • Anger Management
  • Smart Recovery for Family & Friends
  • Art Activity With Ginger
  • NA - Man Up Group
22
  • Coping with Anxiety & Depression
  • Music support
  • Open Peer Support
  • Grateful We’re Not Dead (NA)
23
  • What's Brewing?
  • Creative Writing with Pat and Robyn
  • Mind, Body, Spirit Group of N.A.
  • Open Peer Support
24
25
  • N A - Mind, Body, Spirit Group
  • Grateful We’re Not Dead (NA)
26
  • Smart Recovery
  • Mind, Body, Spirit Group of N.A.
  • Pathways to Recovery
  • Open Peer Support
27
  • Recovery For U
  • N A - Mind, Body, Spirit Group
  • Maine Can Work
  • Open Peer Support
  • Grateful We’re Not Dead (NA)
28
  • Anger Management
  • Smart Recovery for Family & Friends
  • Art Activity With Ginger
  • NA - Man Up Group
29
  • Coping with Anxiety & Depression
  • Music support
  • Open Peer Support
  • Grateful We’re Not Dead (NA)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a CIPSS?

CIPSS stands for Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist.

  • CIPSS are specially trained individuals who support others in the recovery process.
  • CIPSS are distinguished from traditional recovery coaches as the State of Maine requires they receive more extensive training and continuing education in both mental health and substance use.
  • CIPSS must be in long-term recovery from a mental health or substance use issue themselves.

Together Place employs the most CIPSS in Northern and Eastern Maine.

What is the cost to join?

There is no cost to become a Together Place member or join a peer recovery group. By design, Together Place does not require paperwork to join any group or session. To participate, someone need only walk through the door.

What paperwork do I need to complete to become a member or join a group?

By design, Together Place does not require paperwork to join any group or session. However, anyone is welcome to become a member and fill out a short membership application. All programs are free of charge.

What are the perks of being a Together Place member?

By becoming a member, you are given the opportunity to empower yourself through recovery groups. Members can participate in Vocational Preparedness, which helps prepare you for school or employment. Vocational Rehabilitation gives you the opportunity to work in a diner, earn your ServSafe certification, learn to provide janitorial services, and more!

Additionally, members are offered recreational activities such as pool, Wii bowling, chess, crafts, and more. We also have a very reasonably priced diner with coffee, soda, and lunches (EBT accepted!)

I am unsure if this is the right program for me - how can I learn more?

Give us a call or send us an email. One of our CIPSS would be happy to have a one-on-one conversation with you to determine if this is the right program for you. 

Phone: 207-941-2897

Email: jacquie.togetherplace@gmail.com

How do I join a recovery group?

1. Anyone seeking to address mental health or substance use disorder (or both) can take a look at our calendar and group descriptions, above.

2. Please then contact any of our Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialists (CIPSS) with questions. Their names and numbers are listed on our Facebook page, including our CIPSS Program Director, Jacquie Wilks: 207-941-2935 or 207-355-1894.

3. During the virus crisis we are holding groups online via zoom and in person you are welcome to contact our CIPSS as described above to join for our strict COVID-19 guidelines on in person meetings and groups.

4. In addition to our website calendar, we also regularly post about group sessions on our Facebook page.

How do I refer someone?

There are a few ways to refer someone to Together Place: bring them to one of our groups, point them to our Facebook page or website, or ask that they call our Program Director, Jacquie Wilks, at 207-941-2935 or 207-355-1984.

Do I need to be a certain age to join a group?

You must be 18 or older to join. If you are under 18, contact us and we can refer you to other programs in your area.

Do I need to be a Together Place member to join a group?

While we hope you will become a Together Place member, it is optional for people attending groups to become a member.

Are groups meeting in-person during COVID-19?

Together Place is open for in-person groups in alignment with CDC guidelines. If you are uncomfortable joining in person, we also offer groups online via zoom. You can access the zoom links through the calendar above. 

You are welcome to contact our Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialists (CIPSS) Program Director, Jacquie Wilks with any questions: jacquie.togetherplace@gmail.com or 207-941-2935. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Hours:
Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location:
2 Second Street in Bangor, Maine

To speak with one of our Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialists (CIPSS) or to get more information about the programs offered at Together Place, please call the Welcome Desk at 207-941-2897.

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