At the core of Turning Point is the deep and abiding belief that recovery is possible for everyone. Each individual brings their own unique story to the Center. It is through sharing these stories, which are filled with a lifetime of experiences, that we learn and teach one another the valuable lessons of recovery. The safe and supportive community of Turning Point, coupled with sharing our “lived experiences” allows everyone who comes to the Center to grow far beyond our substance use.
Turning Point Recovery Support Center is funded by the Department of Public Health – Bureau of Substance Addiction Services and is part of the Massachusetts Peer Participatory Process Model, proudly hosted by Bay State Community Services (BSCS). This peer model connects individuals in recovery and ensures that our community makes their own decisions in providing support, resources, and encouragement for all paths of recovery. During regular peer community meetings, we decide on recovery activities, community groups, center policies in order to develop a safe, supportive and inclusive culture. Everyone participating at the Center thus has a voice that is heard, and an active role in maintaining and enhancing the identity of the center.
The Center staff, all who are in recovery, are here to offer support, no matter what recovery pathway is best for you. We welcome all who seek a safe and supportive environment and offer access to community connections, educational resources, sober activities and so much more. The lives of everyone affiliated with the Center have been touched in some way by substance use; together, we are committed to sharing these experiences in order to build a strong, safe and reliable recovery community.
Cory O’Brien, Program Director
My name is Cory O’Brien. I grew up in Norwood, Massachusetts. I am a person in long term recovery. Beyond that, I am a husband, a dad, a son, a brother, a friend, and I am grateful. I believe a person is much more than their addiction, more than their diagnosis, their job, their living situation, their relationship status.
The best part of my job is… the people. I love watching people grow and change. I love watching people come together and supporting one another. I love watching community develop. When an individual’s life changes, the lives of those around them change. It is an honor not only to witness such inspiration, but also to be part of it.
Gerard Touchette, Outreach Coordinator
Hello, my name is Gerard and I am a grateful recovering addict. I am so blessed to call Turning Point my second home and cannot wait to experience and to be part of this Recovery Community.
The best part of my job is… feeling like I’m a part of something special and of course learning from the newcomers and being part of their progression!
Andrea Morse, Peer Volunteer Coordinator
Hi! My name is Andrea. I am a wife, mother, and person in long term recovery. I have six years of sobriety.
The best part of my job is… seeing the changes that occur with our peers, and staff as well. Watching the growth of our peers, connecting with our peers, and not only what I provide them, but what they provide to me. I am very lucky in that I love my job and look forward to it everyday.
Dan Foley, Peer Support Specialist/Recovery Coach
I am a person in long term recovery that is happy to help others figure out what is best going to support them on their own journeys. I never thought that I could have fun in recovery, so now I make a point to have more fun now.
The best part of my job is… the connections I get to make with peers and the vast amount of knowledge that they share with me.
Jody Jung, Peer Support Specialist
I am so blessed to be part of a great team of like-minded people. It is a great opportunity to be involved with helping to bring a new path to those with substance use disorder.
The best part of my job is… watching people grow in their recovery. I get great joy in being trusted to share what I have learned in my own recovery with others.