I’ve been following the work of Phil Valentine and his colleagues at the Connecticut Community of Addiction Recovery (CCAR), a peer-led recovery community in the US, for many years. They have been doing some great things and, in my humble opinion, have been leading the way with a number of their initiatives. There is so much that we can learn from CCAR.
Here are just some examples of their initiatives: five Recovery Community Centres; four Recovery Coaching Programs, including one which operates in 30 Connecticut hospital Emergency Departments; Recovery Matters! Podcast (130 episodes at last count); national Multiple Pathways Recovery Conference; YouTube Video channel, and a CCAR Training Program.
Simply awesome! Check out this film in which long-term members of CCAR tell the inspiring and moving story of this peer-led recovery community.
‘CCAR is a centralized resource in CT for all things recovery. Whether you are contemplating a life in recovery, are new to recovery or are in long-term recovery, CCAR is here to help you to navigate the recovery community, by connecting you with others in recovery and providing access to area support services. Since 1998 we have worked to make this reality – the CCAR 20 Strong documentary tells this story.’ CCAR 4recovery, 16 April 2020. [32’32”]