South Shore Peer Recovery began in the fall of 2014 with a group of volunteers who recognized the need to do more to help people suffering from substance use disorder and their families. This group of concerned citizens mobilized to form a new kind of community coalition, one that is focused on the other side of addiction: RECOVERY.
South Shore Peer Recovery began in the fall of 2014 with a group of volunteers who recognized the need to do more to help people suffering from substance use disorder and their families. This group of concerned citizens mobilized to form a new kind of community coalition, one that is focused on the other side of addiction: RECOVERY. Our mission is grounded in the belief that although recovery may be initiated in treatment, it happens in the community. Furthermore, those with lived experience – peers– are ideally suited to help others who seek long-term recovery. Our work is led by a volunteer Board of Directors and a Steering Committee comprised of people in recovery, family members, friends and allies from Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Scituate and beyond.
Using a peer participatory process, dedicated volunteers and beyond have helped us to better understand the needs in our communities, so that we may develop a safety net of hope and support for people living with the effects of this chronic disease. Monthly community meetings provide a format to build our coalition, provide training, plan for our future and offer hope for individuals and families in our community.
Since our inception we have been recognized by the federal, state and local governments as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation and are preparing to move into our first office space in Scituate Harbor. We have a growing group of supporters and have begun to offer activities and resources for people in recovery and their families.
In 2014 alone, 1,256 Massachusetts residents died from prescription opiate or heroin overdoses. Many more suffered non-fatal overdoses. An unprecedented number of babies were born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. The social impacts of the opiate epidemic and addiction in general are immense. While the state continues to expand detox beds and add services, many individuals have difficulty adhering to their recovery management plan when formal treatment is complete.
Treatment alone is rarely enough to sustain recovery. Individuals need ongoing check-ups and support, just like when managing other chronic diseases. Yet, it is difficult to find outpatient counselors, prescribers, or a 12-step meeting that fits. Importantly, family members are an essential part of a loved one’s recovery, but they often lack the education and skills to effectively support the recovering person. Family education is not covered by insurance or encouraged in most instances. Families are a major component of our service delivery. Individuals in early recovery are at high risk for relapse, but even more so when the person does not have adequate recovery capital – things like a valid driver’s license, a job, sober housing or sober friends. South Shore Peer Recovery bridges the gap between formal treatment and a full life of recovery in the community. We help people connect to others, and to the resources needed to maintain long-term recovery.
Our co-founder John Kimmett speaks of his own experience and the need for a Recovery Community Center:
“After 40 years of using alcohol and marijuana, and losing the gift of choice, an appeal from my wife, asking me to stop drinking, was the moment of clarity for me. I entered treatment and learned about chemical dependency. I surrendered to the power of addiction. I learned that it was physical, mental, and spiritual. I learned it was progressive, chronic, and fatal. After leaving treatment the challenge was to learn how to stay away from my drug of choice, and keep my chronic condition in remission. I was advised to seek the answers in the Recovery Community. The Recovery Community is the place to find the wisdom gained from lived experience; what works and what doesn’t work. Without my friends in recovery I would still be that isolated man overwhelmed by self. I need others to help me dismantle the walls of my isolation and remind me of my belonging. I need to remember I am connected to others and our world is the essence of healing.”
In March 2018, South Shore Peer Recovery opened a Recovery Community Center with an array of recovery support services in the heart of a South Shore community - a hub of support and activity engaging individuals in recovery and their families to find help and hope for their future. The resource center is a place people can find sober housing, education, and counseling resources, as well as friends and sober social events to support them on their journey. Those who benefit from the Center guide the direction of programs and activities and use their lived experience to help others. As a result of our shared efforts, we help repair families, save lives and over time we will change the way the world thinks about addiction.
We offer the following support services at our new Center location at 51 Cole Parkway in Scituate Harbor, at no cost to participants:
Our Board of Directors is comprised of talented professionals who are passionate about recovery. Each and every Director has in some way been impacted by addiction and recovery in their lives. They all possess unique skill sets that set the course of direction for South Shore Peer Recovery. They are united in the mission and vision and are driven to bring South Shore Peer Recovery to the forefront of the recovery movement.
South Shore Peer Recovery's goal is to offer the community a vibrant Recovery Community Center with a full array of recovery support services. Our Center serves as a beacon of hope, set right in the heart of the South Shore - a hub of support and activity engaging individuals in recovery and their families to find help and hope for their future.