pAUL aLVES is a person in Long Term Recovery from Substance Misuse, Food Addiction and Mental Health affliction. Born into an immigrant family and raised in Newark, N.J., he discovered freedom in the arts and became a sought after musician in New York City. pAUL has curated, performed and produced events with artists ranging from original 60’s groups to some of the biggest pop stars in the world. As his story spans from North America to Europe, it was New York City that lead his journey into recovery. With a positive attitude and contemporary perspective, pAUL believes that all individuals have the ability to recover.
pAUL is a Nationally Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist through the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). His experience spans the continuum of care. He has guided individuals in prevention as a Drinking Driver Program Instructor, in treatment as a Substance Abuse Counselor in a Co-occurring Medication Assisted Treatment Program and in recovery maintenance as a Peer Recovery Coach.
Moving to New England with his family three years ago, pAUL has been of service to the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as care coordinator for the Access to Recovery Program in Hampden County. He is a Recovery Coach Academy Trainer with the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services and is Supervising Recovery Coaches across the state. pAUL has also been training school staff in the implementation of Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (sBiRT) and is a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach.
pAUL’s mission is to make recovery a universal language by guiding individuals in empowering themselves, building stronger communities and fostering happier, healthier lives. He is fluent in Portuguese and also speaks Spanish.