Transitional Recovery & Culture (TRAC) Project

TRAC featherPeer to Peer Recovery Support

Program Description

The Transitional Recovery & Culture Project (TRAC) Project fosters community readiness for recovery support and provides a safe forum for those in recovery to learn about leadership, culture, self-care and resiliency.

Funded through a 3 year grant from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) – Sept. 2013 thru Sept. 2016.

Priority Areas and/or Areas of Focus: The purpose of the Transitional Recovery & Culture Project (TRAC) Project is to provide recovery support to peers via a peer recovery support mentorship. Peer to Peer recovery support helps peers stay engaged in the recovery process and reduces the likelihood of relapse.

To learn more about TRAC’s successes, challenges, outreach, and impact, please click here to download the latest report.


Program Goals

  1. Improve sobriety rates.
  2. Increase community awareness of the substance abuse problems and the need for supporting recovery.
  3. Increase community support efforts for substance abuse prevention.
  4. Address importance of attitude change to combat substance abuse in participating communities.


Strategies or Approach

What is Peer to Peer Recovery Support?

  • A member of the community who is strong in their own recovery (Peer Mentor) serves as a mentor to a peer who is new to their own recovery journey (Peer).
  • Peer mentors provide general recovery support and draw upon the strength and values of Native culture to do so.
  • Peer mentors help peers via referrals to community resources (housing, education, wellness, employment, culture).
  • Peer mentors focus on the strengths of the individual and foster leadership.
  • Peer mentors help peers incorporate recovery values and strategies into their everyday lives.

Recovery Support Includes:

  • One on One Peer Mentorship
  • Group Sessions
  • Holistic Wellness Plans
  • Culture Based Support
  • Any positive effort or activity to help a Peer in Recovery

The following Tribes are active participants in the TRAC program:

  • Eastern Shoshone Recovery Center
  • Northern Arapaho’s White Buffalo Recovery Center

Urban Communities:

  • Billings, MT
  • Riverton, WY