Peer Support Groups

Peer Support Groups

List of peer support groups in Montana

Bozeman – Open Arms Drop in Center noon weekdays

Butte- Thursday at 630pm Library uptown location 406-498-0703 for information

Helena – Lewis and Clark Library Thursday 5-6pm 422-7521 for more info

Kalispell – Thursday 1pm @Wheat Montana

Wednesday noon– 1:30pm Pathways Conference room

Livingston – MPN Wednesday 7pm @109 East Lewis Street

Celebrate Recovery Thursday 6pm 222-1577

Lewistown – TORCH office 538-6725 Wednesday 630pm

Missoula – Recovery International Saturday 1– 2:30pm Missoula Public Library 825-3063 for more information

Sydney— Celebrate Recovery!  Tuesday 630pm Assembly of God Church

 

 

How to start a peer support group

How to start a peer support group in your community.

1. It only takes two people to start a support group so find another person who is interested in peer support. If you have more, wonderful. Eight is the ideal number

2. Agree with other attendees on some ground rules for the meeting. What can and cannot be discussed. Keep it positive and recovery focused

3. Find a location that is safe, conveniently located and free of charge

4. Agree on a time and day of the week that works well for both of you. Usually peer support meetings last 1 hour

5. Contact your local paper about a free listing for your support group

6. Make up a few flyers to post on free community bulletin boards around town

7. Show up to the meeting on time and keep it consistent. This is very important

8. Warmly welcome every new person to the meeting

9. Each meeting should have an introduction and a closing. This should be read each time without exception. Keep a format for the meeting lets people know what the meeting is about, the format, the topic, and when it is over.

10.  Don’t forget to smile