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Programs & Activities

The Opening the Word Recovery Center offers a multi-faceted approach to recovery, as no two individuals will follow the same path. We also know that with the right kind of help, everyone is capable of healing. Wherever possible we invite your family and loved ones to join us on your journey back to good habits and health. All services are entirely voluntary and free. Contact us to change your life for the better.

Drop in Hours

- MONDAYS & FRIDAYS 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

   Drop in for a cup of coffee, some conversation if you wish, a safe space, and overall support.

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Yoga of 12 Step Recovery

- SUNDAYS 5:30 - 7:00 PM

   The Yoga of 12 Step Recovery, Y12SR, is an innovative addiction relapse prevention program that integrates the wisdom of yoga and the practical tools of 12 Step recovery programs. 

   Guided by its theme, "The Issues Live in the Tissues," Y12SR meetings are offered throughout the US and abroad and is quickly becoming a feature of addiction recovery centers.  Y12SR is a meeting and a yoga practice.  The time is divided between a 12 Step-like sharing circle, a yoga asana (movement), pranayama (breathwork), and meditation session where we "take it to the mats."  The yoga asana practice offered is designed to be accessible to all bodies and levels of yoga experience.  It is open to all persons who suffer with substance use disorder as well as to those who love them.  It is offered as an adjunct--not a replacement--to regular addiction recovery work.  The principles of safety and anonymity are upheld by Y12SR.

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Women's Codependency Group

- MONDAYS 6:00 - 7:00 PM

   This is an opportunity for women to come together in a safe space to discuss the issues surrounding codependency. The group is lead by recovery specialist, Annie Shutte

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Recovery Bible Study 

- TUESDAYS 7:00 - 8:00 PM

For those individuals seeking to begin or embrace their faith journey during recovery, our Recovery Bible Study sessions provide an opportunity to ask, "Where is God in my recovery?" Participants of all faiths are welcome and need no prior experience with sacred Scripture. 


All Recovery Meetings 

- TUESDAYS 8:15 - 9:15 PM

An alternative to traditional 12-Step Programs, All Recovery Meetings include all methods of recovery. The focus is on meeting individuals where they are in their recovery and providing authentic peer support. 


Recovery Art 

- FRIDAYS 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Artist and photographer, Meagan Sharum, guides participants to use art as a form of support in their recovery. No artistic skills or experience are necessary. We provide all the materials you need, and there is no cost to attend.


Peer Recovery Coaching - By Appointment

Need to talk with someone about your recovery or that of a loved one? The best support comes from those who have fought through adversity and won. Call Jose Vazquez at 774-330-5920. He can meet with you in person or by phone, and/or arrange for you to speak with a peer recovery coach. Never hesitate to reach out!


NARCAN Distribution Site and Training Sessions

We are pleased to announce that Opening the Word Peer Recovery Center, Inc. is now a secondary distribution site for NARCAN (Naloxone) for AIDS Project Worcester.

This means that individuals can visit the Center during open hours and receive a NARCAN kit (2 doses) at no cost. No prescription is needed. The only information we require is the individual's first and last initials. This is so that we can keep an inventory of the use of this life-saving medication.

We do not provide formal training regarding the use of NARCAN when it is dispensed, but that information is provided on the packaging. NARCAN training sessions are held periodically at the Center. Please visit our NARCAN Training Sessions page and/or our Facebook page for details regarding the next training session offering.

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