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About Us

Positive Directions was established in 1971 in Westport, CT as a volunteer effort by people in recovery from alcohol addiction to bring awareness and prevention into school and community programs and support recovery. Since then, we have evolved into a 501(c)(3) non-profit behavioral health organization recognized for our expertise and service to the community.

Our vision is that all individuals and families will have the skills, support and resources they need to live a healthy life and contribute to their community. To that end, our mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families through community prevention, treatment of mental health and addiction disorders, and peer supports to maintain recovery.

  • In our state-licensed outpatient clinic, we provide individual and family counseling to adolescents and adults with mental health, substance use, and other addiction challenges, including problem gambling. 

  • Through our community prevention programs, we help towns in mid-Fairfield County plan and implement data-based strategies to educate youth and families and change community norms to prevent substance misuse and promote mental wellness. ​​

  • Our free support groups and one-on-one peer support for youth and young adults provide a safe space and trained facilitators to help individuals and families learn coping skills and gain support for their personal journeys. 

  • And we are proud to house, the statewide peer-developed platform for youth and young adults searching for mental wellness.