Deb Dettor has been a recovery advocate and lead developer of peer recovery support services since 2004. This new direction for her began in Maine, where she led the statewide recovery community organization, fostering community partnerships and promoting recovery while seeking funding for recovery community centers. Deb was pleased to shepherd the opening of the Portland Recovery Community Center in January 2012.
Most recently, Deb has been Director of Recovery Support Services for Rhode Island’s Anchor Recovery Community Centers beginning in February 2017. The Anchor operates a diverse array of peer recovery support programs, with 2 adult and 1 teen centers, Anchor ED (hospital emergency) and MORE, a mobile outreach team, each staffed by certified recovery specialists. Anchor peer recovery staff also support inmates in every RI prison, and when they are released. Before Rhode Island, Ms. Dettor served as Managing Director for Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) for 5 years. She is grateful to work in these new fields where transformation happens everyday – in the lives of recovering people and in surrounding communities. Recovery is becoming a more expected result, through the real strength of peer support by those who sustain recovery themselves and through the visibility of advocates. Deb continues to be inspired by the power of recovery, and is in long-term recovery from addiction since June 1985.
Deb’s story has been featured in national spotlights through SAMHSA Recovery Month, Faces and Voices of Recovery, A & E Recovery Project, and CCAR’s Recovery Elders Video Project among others. She continues to be a speaker at conferences, policy forums, and in media outlets. Deb was awarded the 2011 Community Vision Award by Day One for leading recovery advocacy efforts in Maine. Her recovery writings have been published in books, journals, as newspaper columns and editorials; and she has been a professional reviewer for publications by a number of national recovery experts. Deb completed her M.S. in Counseling in 1982; and served as a therapist, staff supervisor, and trainer around Albany, New York for more than 20 years.