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Recovery Together

A free peer education and recovery program for people who experience mental health, alcohol, drug or related issues.

Recovery Together is an group-based recovery program that is run over a series of sessions. The program provides a safe and confidential space for people to explore evidence-based strategies and skills to become leaders in their recovery.  

Recovery Together is delivered by peers – people with their own lived experience, who have been trained to deliver the program. They understand recovery because they live recovery.

Recovery Together is delivered at a comfortable pace and there are lots of regular breaks. Participation is FREE and all resources, food and drink are provided.

The NT Lived Experience Network was funded by the NT Primary Health Network to trial and evaluate Recovery Together in the Greater Darwin region, Katherine and Alice Springs.  P

Apply to attend a Recovery Together program

To register your interest in future programs in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and Alice Springs go to www.bit.ly/rt_eoi.

Or contact us directly.  We can chat with you to understand more about the program and if its right for you.

What to expect at Recovery Together

Recovery Together was developed by the NT Lived Experience Network. We are Territorians with our own experience of mental health, alcohol, drug and related issues and have been empowered to become the leaders in our own recoveries.

Recovery Together programs are run by peers – people with lived experience, who have been trained to deliver the program.

Recovery Together groups are set up so that everyone feels safe. It is important to us that you feel comfortable to participate in a way that suits your needs. Sessions are delivered at a gentle pace and there are lots regular breaks (with catering provided).

If you attend Recovery Together, you are not required to share any parts of your story that you do not feel comfortable to. Instead, you will be supported to explore evidence-based approaches that promote your personal healing and recovery.

Recovery Together also incorporates optional activities to creatively explore recovery and what’s important to you.

Topics in Recovery Together include:

  • Understanding mental health, distress, substance misuse & the relationship between them.
  • An exploration of recovery and ways to support your own recovery.
  • Identifying your triggers and developing strategies to respond.
  • An exploration of values – what is important to you, now and into the future.
  • Understanding the best way to make a change in the life and how to work toward lasting change.
  • Understanding your needs, rights and how to communicate boundaries to support your recovery.
  • How to find the support you need when you need it.
Source of image ‘reaching hands’: Tari-Keresztes, N., Smith, J. & Gupta, H., (2021): Follow-up Evaluation of the Peer-Led Education Pilot in Darwin. Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research

What the evidence says about the effectiveness of Recovery Together

Flinders University was engaged by the NT Lived Experience Network to externally evaluate the effectiveness of Recovery Together. Publications related to the evaluation of Recovery Together are linked below:

Full Evaluation Report: Tari-Keresztes, N., Gupta, H., Armstrong, N., Smith, J., Endemann, SA. (2023). Evaluation of the After Hours ‘Recovery Together’ Program. Darwin, NT, Flinders University.

Re-recorded Conference Presentation: Armstrong, N., Tari-Keresztes, N., Smith, J., Gupta, H. (August 2023). Peer Education and Recovery in the NT [Paper Presentation]. The Mental Health Services Conference. Adelaide, SA.