Addiction

Youth Adult Addiction Recovery Group

Hosted By
Tim L.
Tuesday, Apr 23, 2024 | 07:00pm - 08:00pm EDT
Free
17 seats remaining
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About this meeting
This meeting is only for people ages 18-30. The group provides support from authentic, like-minded peers who are working on their personal growth through seeking intentional habit change in any of the following areas: vaping/smoking, alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, social media/internet use, shopping, cutting, exercise, and more. Each meeting features practical skills that you can use to improve your daily life as well as uplifting conversation and inspiration. Participants are welcome to keep their cameras off for comfort and anonymity and to participate as much or as little as they would like.
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About the host
I am an immigrant to the United States. I have worked as a fire fighter/first responder, and a US ARMY Infantryman, until a severe injury from a roadside bomb blast in Iraq. I've struggled with intravenous opiate addiction that led to lengthy jail sentence and I have attempted suicide several times. Once I decided to try and get well, I utilized the GI Bill to earn a Bachelors degree in Psychology emphasizing in substance abuse counseling, then became a certified peer specialist. I have worked for veteran non-profits, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, SMART recovery facilitation and several other wellness centers providing support to those who have struggled with similar afflictions. I've been doing peer support of some kind for 5 years and I know how much it helped me. I know what it is like to wake up every day feeling nothing but hopelessness and despair. Today I live in line with my values, and I am proud of the person I have become. It is an honor and a pleasure to support those who currently do not have hope in their lives.
Motivation for help
I believe my life was saved by a peer that worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs and since that time I have wanted to be that person for someone else. I believe that sharing similar life experiences helps relate individuals on a level that cannot be achieved in a clinical setting. Working in recovery and helping others gives me sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Being a peer keeps me living a life of wellness.
Recent reviews
Tim is great at facilitating groups. He keeps it real with authentic and good content feedback and shares --- he's integrated the qualities and skills of peer support so its natural and substantive. Today what he said about yoga really struck me -- I've heard him mention it before but somehow today I was receptive or the context or ? - but it resonated - We were talking about ways to overcome isolation - and he said yoga was a good place because people there are likely not going to be judgmental or body shaming etc... I have had thoughts about going to yoga -- but I assumed it to be a threatening environment.. Even having to go barefoot for me seems like a deal-breaker... but maybe there are ways to handle that. So I learned that I carry some big bias from somewhere about yoga, or just generally doing something with the body in public -- a rock hardened closure I've constructed. I used to play tennis a lot but then had a hand injury that makes it hard for me to hold the racquet and to hit balls.. But it would be sooo good for me to stretch, and the yoga of course is so beneficial. My sister in law walks alot and earlier today - before the meeting, I asked her if sometime we could walk together. She said yes of course, gladly. So two little kinds of breakthroughs today. And Im not going to overanalyse them worry about them - I;ll try to just let em ride and go with the growth. I think the walks will happen before any yoga.. but the realization about the yoga was a powerfufl -- and good -- shaake up I had today. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 17, 2024
Wonderful!
May 17, 2024
Tim is always a good listener and very supportive. His knowledge and lived experiences create a comfortable and safe place to share one’s own life experiences, difficulties and issues revolving around mental health.
May 15, 2024
He filled in for the facilitator that normally does the meetings. I got to talk with him 1 on 1, and he was a great support. I related to him on a lot of points, and got to share some of personal story with him. I am glad he was there.
May 15, 2024
Tim was so helpful and compassionate to all of us!
Apr 23, 2024
Truly a caring individual who wants others to succeed in their everyday and long term wellness. He is always willing to listen with kindness.
Apr 17, 2024
Tim you are an amazing Peer Leader! A voice of calm and peace and I pray for your wellness! Thank you so much for listening
Apr 09, 2024
Rosemary and Tim were both great. They are 2 of my favorite facilitators.
Mar 30, 2024
Tim is AWESOME. A gifted facilitator, with robust, informative, encouraging, and interesting feedback. Humility, honesty -- vulnerable and open -- and believing in us and in the cause, He gives us all dignity and respect and his support is real.
Mar 29, 2024
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YRCT hosts recovery meetings and events for young adults, adults, and families. We are located in Connecticut however anyone from any location is welcome to our online meetings. We offer many meetings using the SMART Recovery and SMART Recovery Family and Friends models of peer support, please visit our website https://www.youthrecoveryct.org/find-a-meeting/ or SMART Recovery's website https://smartrecovery.org/ for more information.

On the HeyPeers platform we are offering peer support groups using an "All Recovery" model for young adults as well as supportive loved one's of anyone in recovery and/or engaging in substances or other challenging habits.