Peer Support, Increasingly Professionalized, Helps Struggling Montanans Reclaim Their Lives
The Montana Gap
July 26, 2018
There's some hope around a folding table here, inside this smallish Main Street storefront in Ronan, the Never Alone Recovery Center.
Outside, it's a sunny Tuesday evening in this 2,000-person, majority-white town on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Inside, a mixed-race group of men and women, passing around a bowl of candy, shoot the breeze for a few minutes before settling down to business.
"I'm an addict," each says in turn. "I'm an addict," echoes the group's leader, Don Roberts - and, he adds, one in recovery.
Roberts is what's known as a peer supporter, someone who's grappled with add...