First Steps to Recovery (FSTR) strives to incorporate the most up-to-date research in developing their programs. Their approach is guided by Science, Access, and peer/family support principles. These core values are evident in their client-centered, and peer-supported services offered virtually and in-person, day and night, weekdays and weekends.
JOE CAVALLO is a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) in the state of New York. A passionate and motivated advocate for individuals seeking recovery from substance use and mental health disorders, he is committed to helping afflicted individuals and
communities. Joe has worked as a recovery coach, outreach coordinator/community liaison, and program director. His experience is complemented by extensive work with behavioral health agencies, recovery community organizations, mutual aid support groups, task forces, volunteer projects, etc.
ELSIE DEMERS has over 25 years of experience in addiction/recovery and has worked for years helping people with substance use disorder strive for and succeed in their recovery. Having personally hit rock bottom, she realized the importance of peer-to- peer services as being the connective tissue between treatment and long term recovery. This is why, after a long career in corporate America, she left to pursue this work full-time. She started her journey by becoming a member of the oldest grassroots advocacy group in NY, Long Island Recovery Association (LIRA). Though LIRA she traveled to Washington DC and Albany to advocate for laws to change to support recovery services. She then became a Certified Peer Advocate and a National Trainer and a Breakfree interventionist.
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