RecoveryBUILD Alternative Peer Group for Teens Opens April 3rd

A new evidence-based program for teens needing recovery support...
Stephanie Briody is co-founder and CEO of Behavioral Health Innovators (Courtesy photo)

Behavioral Health Innovators (BHI) and Community Partners announce the opening RecoveryBUILD APG, a Cape Cod-based alternative peer group which is a program combining fun social activities with the support of a Licensed therapist and peer recovery coaches.

Overall, since APGs have been in existence, students have a recovery rate greater than 85% versus a nationwide recovery rate of around 30% (Basinger & Edens). “We are losing teens at an alarming rate to addiction. As a community, we need to find and fix the gaps. Young people going back to the same community, friends and activities face extremely strong substance use triggers which result in high relapse rates and even death.

RecoveryBUILD APG provides hope and strong support for young people so they can be empowered to build amazing lives moving forward.”, reports Stephanie Briody, Co-founder of Behavioral Health Innovators.

The key components to the Recovery BUILD APG are:

  • Clinical counseling for teens and their families
  • Peer recovery coaching
  • Fun activities such as sober concerts, exercise classes, weekend camping trips
  • Regular meetings, and a place to hang out with friends
  • Group accountability
  • Transition to college or other recovery communities

Alternative Peer Groups offer a safe place where teens come together with their peers in recovery to build a sober life that will sustain them as they integrate into the broader recovery community. 

Research shows that adolescents are far more likely to relapse when experiencing social pressures than adults. This is a safe place for 12 – 17 year olds to collaborate and create a new sober life. The meetings, education, and the fun activities are designed for high school students and occur after school, on the weekends and during school vacations.

Stephanie Briody
Behavioral Health
Innovators, Inc.
Phone: (609) 203-9520
[email protected]
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RecoveryBUILD Alternative Peer Group (APG)-Opens April 3, 2018

APGs have been proven to be an effective tool in other communities and hold great promise to address mounting alcohol, opioid and other substance misuse among young people on Cape Cod. “We are thrilled to have the support of community partners such as The Duffy Health Center, Gandara Center, Wellstrong, Independence Academy Recovery High School and others with whom we will offer a welcoming, accepting ‘home’ for teens in need of recovery support.”, says Stephanie Briody.

Opening at PIER Recovery, 209 Main Street, Hyannis on Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-7 pm and Friday or Saturdays 7-11pm. Program membership is FREE this year thanks to the generosity of The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

If you would like to:

  • Come for a tour and learn more about the program
  • Schedule a FREE assessment for a teen
  • Discuss partnership or volunteering
  • Host a presentation of RecoveryBUILD APG in your school
  • Make a donation to the program

..please email Stephanie Briody at [email protected] or Amanda McGerigle, MSW, LICSW at [email protected] or call Amanda at 774-487-5227. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on