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Peer Recovery Support

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What is Recovery

Recovery is "a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. Even individuals with severe and chronic addiction can, with help, overcome their disorder and regain health and social function. This is called re

1 on 1 Support

The Peer Recovery Support Specialist provides one-on-one peer support to students who are in recovery or interested in exploring what recovery might look like for them. These engagements may include conversations around goal-setting, creating voluntary recovery plans, and/or learning more about recovery resources in the community, such as local NA and AA meetings. In addition to one-on-one support, we are available to establish peer-to-peer support groups.

SMART Recovery Meetings

SMART stands for Self-Management And Recovery Training. SMART Recovery uses evidence-based tools and strategies to develop self-empowerment and skills in the individual seeking tools for lasting change. SMART Recovery is based on a 4 Point Program: 1) Building and Maintaining Motivation 2) Coping with Urges 3) Manage Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors 4) Living a Balanced Life

SMART Recovery Winter Term Meeting Schedule:

  • Wednesdays - Fridays from 1-2 PM in the University Center Building (UCB) 340

Sober Social Hour

The Peer Recovery Specialist also facilitates Sober Social Hour events: grab a coffee, talk recovery, or just enjoy creating new sober friendships. While this is not a formal recovery support meeting, a Peer Recovery Support Specialist is available to share resources and support.

Sober Social Hour Winter Term Schedule:

  • Fridays from 3-4 PM in the University Center Building (UCB) 340

Who we are

The peer Recovery Support Specialist operates outside of both punitive and clinical systems to support and advocate for students in recovery. We are mindful of the power imbalances that are inherent in all services, including peer support services, and strive to redress these imbalances by honoring students' agency in their own recovery. We also recognize the impact of societal stigmatization of individuals in recovery, which may be compounded by individuals' intersecting identities. Peer support workers maintain awareness of positionality while attempting to reduce stigma and breakdown barriers to recovery.

On-Campus Resources

SHAC Individual Substance Use Counseling

  • Services Provided: Counselors are available to meet individually with students to develop recovery plans and provide coping strategies.
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  • Punitive consequences of disclosing use: None
  • Eligibility: PSU students taking 5+ credits can access SHAC Counseling Services
  • Cost: None. Costs are fully covered by mandatory student fees paid at the beginning of each term along with tuition.
  • How to Access: Call 503.725.2800 to schedule an appointment

SHAC Peer Recovery Support

  • Services Provided: Peer-to-peer drop-in group provides a space for students in recovery to support each other and build community. The Peer Recovery Specialist is available to meet individually with students to develop action plans and share coping strategies from personal experience.
  • Confidentiality: Confidential, although students who attend drop-in group will be visible to other group members.
  • Punitive consequences of disclosing use: None
  • Cost: None
  • How to Access: Contact peerrecovery@pdx.edu

Harm Reduction

  • People use drugs. Harm reduction is an inclusive, evidence-based, and non-judgmental approach to substance use. As Peer Recovery Specialists, we are here to break the stigma of alcohol and drug use. We aim to provide resources, tools, and services to help reduce risk and encourage safer use.  
  • Services Provided: A Peer Recovery Specialist can help you connect to community resources to support your overall health and well-being as well as safer use.  Visit the website to learn more about Harm Reduction and to learn about state law, ֱState's campus rules and legal support services. 
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Off-Campus Resources

Lines for Life Treatment Access Line

  • Services Provided: Treatment directory which can be filtered by insurance, treatment settings, issues, and therapy modalities, as well as patient identities, ages, and languages.
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  • Punitive consequences of disclosing use: None
  • Cost: Costs depend on insurance coverage. Treatment options can be filtered by insurance provider.
  • How to Access: or call 971.244.4636 (24/7 hotline)

Recovery Network of Oregon

  • Services Provided: a directory of support services, providers, peers, and meetings designed to assist people with their recovery from drugs and alcohol. Everything you can think of from addiction treatment to housing, food pantries, safer use supplies, employment training and beyond!
  • Cost: None
  • How to Access:

Alano Club of Portland

  • Services Provided: Daily meetings of 12 step groups, including groups specifically for women, men, LGBTQ people,  young people, non-religious people, Buddhists, and Indigenous people.
  • Confidentiality: Confidential, although people who attend group meetings are visible to other group members.
  • Punitive consequences of disclosing use: None
  • Cost: None
  • How to Access:  909 NW 25th Ave. Portland, OR 97210

True Colors Recovery Organization

  • Services Provided: Free recovery mentor services. A drop-in center located in North Portland, available 365 days a year where individuals can access mutual-aid groups, LGBTQIA2s+ focused events, access to on site STD and Hep C testing, resource navigation fairs, and skill-building opportunities.
  • Confidentiality: Confidential, although people who attend group meetings are visible to other group members.
  • Punitive consequences of disclosing use: None
  • Cost: None
  • How to Access: / 3807 NE Martin Luther King Blvd. Portland, OR 97212 / (503)-266-2323