Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition will hold peer recovery group meetings at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, on White Street in Rockland, every Wednesday morning from 8 to 9 a.m., starting Wednesday, July 18. The meetings are modeled on the Lincoln County Recovery Collaborative, where local police and probation officers will be present in a supportive capacity. The officers stay at each meeting only with consent of the participants, and it has not been an issue for participants in Lincoln County.

Ira Mandel, who trained in “SMART Recovery groups,” will facilitate the sessions. According to Mandel, the new meetings are a departure from any other type of peer recovery held in Rockland. Until the present, local police frequently have been viewed as only interested in seeking to charge individuals with crimes related to drug use, but, he says, that is changing, and this new effort is supported by local police departments, probation officers, and the District Attorney for Knox County, Jonathan Liberman.

There is no charge to participate, and anyone is welcome to join the meetings. For information, call the Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition at 701-1182.