A group in Brewer that works to support people in recovery and create Recovery Ready communities is planning an Open House this week.

Young People In Recovery, or YPR, is a national grassroots organization that helps people in or seeking recovery by empowering them to begin the next chapter of their lives. This includes helping them find stable employment, suitable housing, and explore continuing education opportunities. In addition, YPR members go into area schools to talk to students about substance abuse and recovery, and help enact and support legislation that will improve the way those in recovery are perceived and treated.

It's easy to say that someone should get 'into a program,' if they have a problem with substance abuse. But the reality in our state is that there aren't enough facilities or programs to accommodate everyone in need. YPR is working to improve that situation, along with discussing things like how employers should address an employee who's in recovery, and how to view them as a person, rather than an addict.

These are a few of the topics that will be discussed Tuesday night, when YPR Brewer holds an Open House at the Bangor Area Recovery Network. The group's meetings are held at the BARN every Tuesday at 6 p.m., so the open house will give folks a chance to see where it all happens, and what's involved.

Everyone interested in improving the climate for Recovery and helping to build Recovery Ready communities is encouraged to stop by the BARN, 142 Center Street in Brewer, this Tuesday night, between 7 and 8 p.m. Find more information on the organization and the open house at the YPR Brewer Facebook page or send an email to kaylamkalel@gmail.com.