Recovery Groups For Teens, Families

HEBRON — Through a grant from Wheeler Clinic, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Children and Families, AHM staff offer groups for teens 16- to 18-year-olds and a separate group for friends and families coping with an addiction. The program is called SMART Recovery.

The friends and family group takes place every Thursday evening. This group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the AHM offices, located at 25 Pendleton Drive.

This group provides a structured curriculum that allows members to give each other feedback and support. Participants learn skills that can help practice self-care, set boundaries, and learn strategies to communicate with loved ones struggling with an addiction.

Through a partnership with RHAM High School, AHM also offers a school-based teen recovery group. This program has a similar structure but provides an opportunity to get feedback and increase motivation for the teen to look at their substance use, vaping, or drinking. A teen does not have to be in full recovery to participate in this group. Members have an opportunity to learn coping skills and participate in positive peer group activities. This group is ongoing and held at the school.

There is no cost to participate in either program. AHM provides a welcoming and confidential setting at its center for the family/friends group and the teen SMART Recovery group at RHAM. For more information, contact: Megan Aldridge at megana@ahmyouth.org or call 860-228-9488.

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