Support Groups

  • Getting Clear

    Mondays 6-7 pm

    Young Men's Recovery Group A discussion group specifically for young men, ages 16-30, who are making an effort to strengthen their own substance abuse recovery and find greater balance in their lives. 

    Group meets Mondays 6-7 pm at Second Growth w/ Donlon Wade, LADC

     For information, contact our office (802) 295-9800 or email

  • Momentum

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    Young Women's Recovery Group An upbeat support group for young women, ages 14-24, who are committed to working on their recovery from addictions and other destructive behaviors, considering how their recovery is shaping who they are becoming. Participants learn from each other, explore differences and common ground, and have fun while building a stronger network of support for themselves. 

    Group meets Tuesdays, 3-4 pm at Second Growth
    For information contact Ashley Hutton, (802) 295-9800 or email

  • Making Change

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    Co-ed Beginners Group A support group for young people, ages 14-21, who are considering or committed to getting clean and staying clean from substance use. This meeting uses a structured dialogue to examine the essential issues of early recovery.

    Meets Wednesdays 6-7 pm at the Turning Point Club w/ Sandy Burke, CADC

    For information, our office (802) 295-9800 or email

  • Creative Writing Workshop

    Green Leaf with Pencil inset, reads Creative Writing Fridays 2:45-3:45 pm

    As the blank page meets every writer wherever he or she is, we encourage young people to practice their creative talents, discover strengths, develop interests and find the voice of self-expression in a supportive community of peers.

     Please contact Ashley Hutton for more information regarding current location and schedule, call (802) 295-9800 or


Second Growth’s support groups for adolescents and young adults are free, confidential, and totally accessible.
An experienced, professional counselor facilitates each group, through the generosity of our community sponsors.


  • Better Choices Program

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    The Better Choices Program is an early-intervention resource for young people who have been involved in a first offense of:

    • substance abuse
    • violence
    • shoplifting/vandalism

    The program is a short-term, goal-oriented, skills-building experience that assists participants using an asset-development approach, to:

    Improve their skills for understanding and managing emotions that have created personal challenges
    Expand their network of positive support
    Develop planning and problem-solving strengths needed for greater success in education, employment, arts, or athletics
    Gather essential information about critical areas of risk behavior they need, to make more informed choices
    Engage in an honest look at the impact of their harmful choices and make plans for appropriate reparations

    Better Choices is an adaptable framework for brief intervention of 4-6 sessions, which may be used as individual or group support in school or community settings. The program engages participants in a dialogue about building stronger connections with people, places, and things that matter in their lives. While our approach is free from shame or blame, the program respectfully promotes the development of a greater sense of personal responsibility in each participant. The harm reduction program is built on the belief that delivering the right amount of the right service, at the right time, will best help youth to redirect destructive behavior into truly better choices.

    Please fill-out our counseling intake form: 

    To schedule an appointment call: 802-295-9800.

  • Individual & Family Counseling

    Green Leaf with inset of people image, reads Counseling Individual and FamilyThe Second Growth staff works hard to deliver the best service that money can buy to many individuals who may not be able to afford to buy any service at all. We only have a limited number of available appointments for individual counseling because of our staff size. We are a first choice for many referral sources not because of affordability, but because of the unique style of our support. Second Growth has effectively served many who have not been helped elsewhere.

    Unique to Second Growth’s style of service is our primary focus on engaging and retaining clients in a meaningful exchange that produces positive change in a brief intervention. We work to remove barriers that commonly prevent client access to services, offering uncommon flexibility regarding cost, schedule, and meeting place. With a special value placed on the immediate creation of emotional and physical safety, Second Growth maintains a client-centered service.

    Second Growth uses a well-defined, but still flexible, framework that promotes an honest dialogue between counselor and client. Especially helpful for resistant clients, this brief intervention can be an important first step in identifying their specific needs and building a personalized plan to address a range of self-destructive behaviors, which may include substance abuse, anger or violence, and other risky business.

    As needed, Second Growth takes on a greater commitment with selected clients who have greater needs and a willingness to invest in the process of change. The emerging relationship between counselor and client can develop into a powerful therapeutic alliance that supports positive change.

    We collaborate with the education, healthcare, social service, and legal systems to insure the well-being of our clients. When schedules allow, our staff members attend treatment team meetings, court hearings, special education meetings, and other important planning sessions in support of the best outcomes. Whenever possible, we work with parents as well as children to help families become healthier.

    Our counseling services are supported in part by the Byrne Foundation, and contributions from other generous donors.

    Please fill-out our counseling intake form: 

    To schedule an appointment call: 802-295-9800.

Coaching for Captains

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Green Leaves and branches, reads Coaching for CaptainsCoaching for Captains Mission is to inspire and prepare teen athletes to become role models and leaders in their community.

At school visits, regional trainings, and monthly workshops, we use experiential learning to educate, support and develop leadership skills and healthy behaviors. The program builds the resilience of young athletes to navigate adolescence safely with a vision for a positive future.  Read More… 

School Programs

Serving the school community in several ways, our Student Assistance Program’s staff also present professional development training for faculty, in addition to delivering programs on substance abuse and violence prevention lessons for students in health education classes and offering evening forums for parents on critical adolescent issues. Student Assistance Programs

The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program is to promote safety and success of all students, while confronting dangerous and destructive behaviors as they first become known. Helping students to address the root causes of their own troubles in school, home, or in the community, the Student Assistance Program offers scripted, brief interventions that are goal-driven, content consistent, and measurable. We provide students with individual and group support regarding the issues of substance abuse, anger/assault, bullying/harassment, depression, anxiety, or stress. 

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