New style of recovery support group offered in Rockland
ROCKLAND — Starting on July 18, 2018, a new kind of peer recovery support group meeting will be held in Rockland which is modeled from the Lincoln County Recovery Collaborative. At these meetings, local police and probation officers will be present in a very supportive capacity. These officers will stay at each meeting only with consent of the participants.
This effort is supported by local police departments, probation officers and the District Attorney for Knox County (Jonathan Liberman). As evidence of their effectiveness, as of July 2018, there are 4 times as many people in recovery attending these meetings in Lincoln County as the number of Lincoln County residents in their Two Bridges Jail.
Ira Mandel who trained in "SMART Recovery groups" (a non-12 step program widely found to be acceptable to people in recovery and also quite effective) will facilitate these group sessions. These will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church on White Street in Rockland every Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. starting on July 18. There is no charge to participate.
Anyone interested in participating, or just listening in, are welcome to join these meetings. For information, please call the Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition at 207-701-1182.