Supporting peer recovery in rural New England: The RECOVER project, Franklin County, MA

Bonita M. Veysey, Jessica Grasmere, Rene Andersen

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Alcoholism and other drug abuse in rural communities conjure a particular picture. In small towns and sparsely populated areas people are isolated, have few things to do with their spare time, and tend to share attitudes and beliefs that sometimes support the use of alcohol and other substances. The concepts of recovery may not be accepted at face value in these areas. Further, providing recovery supports in rural communities is challenged by physical, emotional, and social isolation; the need to respond to the multiple vulnerabilities that coexist with addiction (e.g., trauma, health, problems, homelessness); and the lack of opportunities for individual self-sufficiency. The RECOVER Project was created to bring recovery supports and resources to all individuals in rural Franklin County through peer-to-peer interactions. This article describes the organization of the resources, services and supports to overcome these barriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-325
Number of pages20
JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


  • Recovery
  • addiction
  • peer


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