Alternative Peer Group (APG)
Many young people struggle to maintain recovery while navigating the stressors of adolescence and emerging adulthood. Alternative Peer Groups (APG) are community-based, family-centered, and professionally staffed positive peer support programs that offer prosocial fun substance-free activities. APGs create a community of young people that encourages healthy lifestyle changes in a safe, socially-reinforcing environment that is recovery and wellness-focused.
NH organizations providing Alternative Peer Groups under Creating Connections NH commit to hiring young adults with lived experience in recovery to facilitate their APG at least weekly, and partner with the Children's System of Care Resource Center to provide training aligned with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMSHA) peer recovery competencies, engage in monthly APG Learning Communities to connect and share resources to grow youth recovery supports, and provide the highest quality supports to youth and families impacted by substance use.
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