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Pathway to Recovery

There are multiple pathways to recovery and each individual has their own unique story. The most successful stories happen when an individual is supported not only in their recovery from substance use, but also in the recovery of their lives. The path forward often has roadblocks and can be difficult to navigate. At the same time, integration into the community can feel incredibly isolating.

The path to recovery does‘t end with treatment. Refocus Recovery supports you by providing a continuity of care throughout your recovery journey and integration back into a healthy community. First, we start with a personal connection and accountability. Our Certified Peer Recovery Specialists (CPRS) are in recovery themselves, and draw upon their lived shared experiences to help support, empower, and guide you toward achieving your recovery goals. Your CPRS will connect with you regularly as your dedicated mentor and role model for personal growth and responsibility.

Connection and accountability however are only part of the recovery process. We walk alongside you to reclaim your life by connecting you with an extensive network of compassionate community resources. Your CPRS will also serve as your biggest advocate - in the community, in the judicial system, and in your employment and education. Your CPRS is committed to helping you remove any barriers on your pathway to recovery.

Refocus Recovery is a grassroots organization that fosters peer to peer relationships within the multiple pathways to recovery. Our program focuses on developing and supporting a pathway to recovery for those affected by substance use. Our Peer Recovery Specialists serve as mentors, advocates, and community networkers. We are a Recovery Community Organization actively serving the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. Our Peer Recovery Specialist services administered by our contracted staff serve the local community through advocacy and resource support by utilizing a “boots on the ground” model.

In addition to providing recovery services, we are committed to helping people help others. We educate and certify peers in recovery to become Certified Peer Recovery Specialists (CPRS). We deliver an approved CPRS curriculum and facilitate the Minnesota Certification Board certification process. Our classes are available to anyone in recovery who is interested in delivering CPRS services. Once certified, we can contract you as part of our organization to help connect you with peers and support you as you support others.

Refocus Recovery also helps build programs inside of established organizations who want to provide CPRS services. We can certify your organization's program graduates so they can help other program participants be successful. We also provide state compliant back-office infrastructure for charting and billing. There is no cost to your organization, only additional value for your program's participants.

Recovery Beliefs

alternative Recovery is possible for everyone

alternativeRecovery is found through many paths

alternativeRecovery reclaims what has been lost


To support, empower, and guide people in the recovery community toward reaching their recovery goals through personal connection and shared experiences.


We envision recovery communities engaging and collaborating on ways to keep individuals, from all paths, healthy and free from substance use and its stigmas. We connect people to their communities through in-person advocacy by building community capital. We seek to educate the public on the benefits of strengthening a person's recovery by encouraging community engagements and relationships. We work to create technologies and innovations that create accessibility to services and resources in the community.


• Dedication to the belief that recovery is found through many paths and is possible for everyone

• Responsibility to exemplary service within the communities we serve

• Honesty and integrity in the provision of services to the recovery community

• Diversity and inclusion to ensure every individual's culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status is respected

• Excellence and adaptability in service to provide emotional, physical, and economic wellbeing to all populations served

• Authentic connection through reckless understanding

Recovery Community Organization

A recovery community organization (RCO) is an independent, non-profit organization led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery. These organizations organize recovery-focused policy advocacy activities, carry out recovery-focused community education and outreach programs, and provide peer-based recovery support services. (P-BRSS).The broadly defined recovery community- people in long-term recovery, their families, friends and allies, including recovery-focused addiction and recovery professionals- includes organizations whose members reflect religious, spiritual and secular pathways of recovery. The sole mission of an RCO is to mobilize resources within and outside of the recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Public education, policy advocacy and peer-based recovery support services are the strategies through which the mission is achieved. This definition is taken from the Association of Recovery Community Organizations Website Faces and Voices of
C- Valentine, P., White, W. & Taylor, P. (2007)
Community Participation

One of our core values is to provide exemplary service to the communities we serve. Because bringing connection to recovery is our primary goal, we actively seek the community's participation to gather feedback around what is working and what is not. This valuable insight is gathered through various interactions and events that are designed as an opportunity for the community to share with us their experiences and struggles. By having open and honest discussions, we can develop ways to best support them in our shared goal of making recovery a reality for everyone. We foster these interactions through coordinated cook-outs, fluid curriculum trainings, discovery meetings, and peer led recovery groups.

See our Events & Calendar or call 612-444-6599 for more information.

Volunteer & Donate

People - like you, who are looking to connect and help others are our greatest assets. We often have volunteering opportunities available. Please reach us via email at or call 612-444-6599 for more information.

Are you interested in donating your old laptop to help a person in recovery? Refocus Recovery offers a program to refurbish laptops and provide people with technology that will assist them in their journey. If you would like to donate your old laptop, please email or call 612-444-6599 for more information.

Become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

After working in the industry as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS), our Director of Services noticed a disconnect between the CPRS services provided in traditional treatment centers and helping people in recovery sustain long-term recovery. In response to this dilemma, Refocus Recovery has provided a CPRS training that directly places the CPRS in a peer-to-peer role in the community.

The goal is to provide all communities, including underserved populations, with access to training that instructs CPRS‘s to be in-person advocates. Our training offers direct access to testing through the Minnesota Certification Board. In addition, it provides contracting opportunities for students completing the 46-hour training and certification test.

Our CPRS course is a 7.5-day training course with certified peer recovery specialists active in the recovery community.

  • 12 months of continuous recovery
  • Must have a lived experience of substance use and recovery
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Desire to assist people in the community and not from a desk
Certification Requirements with contracting opportunities
  • Completion of the 46-hour classroom training through an accredited trainer (attendance is required for certification)
  • Passing score on the Minnesota Certification Board (MCB) state examination
Contact us for more information and to sign up for our next class!


All Are Welcome!
Cooking-Up Connections (The 4th Friday of every month or by request)
We all know how food can bring a community together! Every month, Refocus Recovery offers a monthly Cooking-up Connections event to feed recovery communities, educate the community about peer based services, and gather insight and feedback. The cookout gives people new to recovery an opportunity to talk to peers in long-term recovery who want to encourage and support. It also provides the community an avenue to share how we can better serve them. We invite any organization or group of people promoting long-term recovery to partner with us to host these events. If you would like to participate in our cookout or host one in your community, please email or see our Calendar for more information.

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Training (Beginning of each month)
Refocus Recovery is one of only five curriculums in the state of Minnesota approved by the Minnesota Certification Board (MCB). This training is provided once a month and is a 7.5 day training course where one can expect to acquire the skills necessary to support a person in recovery as a peer in the community. Our curriculum focuses on training future Certified Peer Recovery Specialists in walking alongside a person in recovery through in-person connection and advocacy, and equip them with the support and network of community resources to do so successfully. At the end of the course, we coordinate certification through the completion of the MCB exam so that our graduates can begin serving immediately.

Please email or call 612-444-6599 for more information.

Discovery Meetings (upon request)
We believe in removing the barriers that prevent organizations from serving the recovery community in the most effective and efficient way possible. We believe in utilizing technology, processes, and program development to better connect peers, organizations, and available resources with one another. Our discovery meetings are an open discussion forum that aim to listen to and understand the challenges that recovery organizations face, and to brainstorm and develop ways to reduce that burden. If you are a recovery organization that is interested in tackling ways to produce more quality interactions with those in recovery, please reach out to us.

Please email or call 612-444-6599 for more information.

Minnesota's All Peer Specialist Conference (past event)
The goal of the 2021 All Peer Specialist Conference is “Peer, Purpose, Passion: Uniting Our Voices” and is geared to showcase and focus on solidarity in the recovery community. The conference agenda was designed in conjunction with Minnesota Certification Board and MN Department of Human Services to bring peers together to share and learn from one another. Refocus Recovery is honored to be an exhibitor and provide a digital booth experience for the conference participants. This is an online event scheduled for July 23-24, 2021.

Please email or call 612-444-6599 for more information.

Crisis Resources

National Helpline- 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

First Aid for Opioid Overdoses Online Course and CPR for a Suspected Opioid Overdose

First Aid for Opioid Overdoses Online Course and CPR for a Suspected Opioid Overdose

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

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2929 Emerson Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
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you can also connect with us at:
Union Gospel Mission
77 9th St E,St Paul,MN 55101
Healing House Metro Hope
2739 Cedar Ave,Minneapolis,MN 55407