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Recovering addict, Jesse McIntosh, 23, Indianapolis, stands outside Hope To Others ministries in his hometown of Austin, Ind. McIntosh leads “Hope Over Dope,” a Recovery Support Group. Austin now has support and recovery programs, run by local people and people from elsewhere. Every Friday, Project P.E.E.R.S. (Peer Empowerment Effects Recovery Services) Recovery Coaches from Mental Health America of Indiana, drive from Indianapolis to assist with a recovery support group at a local church.
“It’s really just about bringing hope, serenity and peace and letting them know that there’s people out here who care for them, and that recovery is possible” said Michelle Steel, Project PEERS Coordinator.
Although McIntosh is not a recovery coach, he drives each Friday to bring hope to his hometown. He now works as a salesman (his boss, too, is in recovery) , is engaged to be married and plans to earn his GED. Some weeks he sees former friends at the recovery meetings, some are doing well, while others he steers clear of, because they still use drugs. “The more time passes, the more support I feel like is going to be down there, and the more I feel recovery is going to be part of their daily life ,” he said.