Spectrum Health Systems today announced the opening of a Peer Recovery Center at 487 Essex Street in downtown Lawrence to provide individuals overcoming addiction with the resources and support they need to work toward recovery.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health awarded Spectrum a contract to open and operate the center.

“The opiate addiction crisis in our region has increased the demand for treatment services across the board,” said Kurt Isaacson, chief operating officer of Spectrum.  “Many individuals who finish an inpatient or outpatient program help sustain their recovery through the strong network of support offered through our peer recovery programs.  We are pleased to partner with the Department of Public Health to bring this proven program to Lawrence and the surrounding communities.”

The Lawrence Peer Recovery Center is based on a peer support model that has proven successful at Spectrum recovery centers in Worcester and Marlborough.  Each center offers a variety of peer-driven support groups, recreational activities, social events and volunteer opportunities.  Members also have access to onsite computers and a wealth of resource materials.  The 3,000 square-foot facility on Essex Street is expected to serve 100 residents of Lawrence, Haverhill, North Andover and other nearby cities and towns each day.

Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit substance abuse and mental health treatment provider.  In addition to Massachusetts, Spectrum operates programs in Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington State - serving more than 48,000 adults and at-risk youth each year. 

CONTACT:
Brendan Melican, Public Relations Manager
(508) 792-5400 x7113