A Recovery Community Organization

Where individuals and families come to start their recovery journey from the impacts of addiction. Recovery coaching and recovery support services available for all – linkage to residential treatment/detox and more. No insurance or fees required. Our Recovery Community Center is in Wood River, Illinois, and we serve Christian, Jersey, Madison, and St. Clair Counties.


Mon. – Thurs. 9:00 – 4:30 PM
Fri. 9:00 – 2:30 PM
Sat. (Wood River Drop-In Center Only) 10:00 – 2:00 PM


Welcome to amare, NFP: A Recovery Community Organization

We are proud members of the Riverbend growth association and the association of recovery community organizations. we believe in helping individuals and families in Discovering the 4 dimensions of recovery through our strength-based, person-centered, and recovery-focused services.


Amare’s staff is unique with everyone being a person in recovery. We are highly trained in recovery support services like recovery coaching, peer support, linkage/referral to residential/detox treatment and other resources, support all pathways to recovery (AA, NA, Refuge Recovery, SMART Recovery, etc.), and believe in helping everyone, including families, without judgement and discrimination that need assistance with recovery and overall health regardless of race, color, creed, or sexual orientation.

Ty A. Bechel, MNM, CPRS
Ty A. Bechel, MNM, CPRSExecutive Director & Business Development
Ty, Founding Executive Director, holds his Bachelor’s in Communication, Master’s in Nonprofit Management, and is certified through the State of Illinois as a National Recovery Coach. He hosts and produces Recovery Uncensored, an interview-based podcast and the live radio show on 107.1 FM, Recovery Uncensored LIVE!. He is also the founder of a nonprofit community garden, Renegade Gardens, and is a freelance journalist for multiple publications.
Melissa Hassen
Melissa HassenRegional Recovery and Community Care Coordinator
Melissa has a 15+ year history in the mental health field and was a past business owner of a vegan restaurant in Alton, IL. She has the family lived experience and is passionate about getting individuals and families the care and support they need.
Rick Richardson, CPRS
Rick Richardson, CPRSRecovery Coach
Rick is an Illinois Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and is no stranger to adversity and his passion and humility makes him one of the best recovery support staff anyone could ask for.
Tyrone Hill
Tyrone HillRecovery Coach & Outreach
Tyrone is one of the most honest men anyone could meet and his passion for recovery and helping others is top-notch because of it. He is also a recovery coach for Oxford Houses in the metro-east.
Jaime Armstrong
Jaime ArmstrongFamily Recovery Coach
Jaime is Amare’s newest staff member to help provide evidence-based recovery support services to families that have loved ones that have been impacted by a substance use disorder or dependency.
Nikki Smith
Nikki SmithRecovery Navigator - Jersey County MAT Clinic
Nikki is a believer in helping those that others have casted aside as hopeless. She works as our recovery coach for the partnership Amare has with the JCH MAT Clinic.
Danielle Galbreath, CPRS
Danielle Galbreath, CPRSRecovery Navigator
Danielle is a supporter of MAT for those that may need additional support when in early recovery and is Certified Peer Recovery Specialist The mother of two works hard to be example of other mothers struggling with substance use.
Heather Thompson
Heather ThompsonRecovery Coach - Jersey County
Heather is a passionate and caring coach with a love for assisting those in the county she grew up in find healing and recovery of their own.
Alida Barela, CPRS
Alida Barela, CPRSRecovery Navigator
Alida is a Recovery Navigator, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, and has a passion for helping individuals find recovery and healing.
Samantha Cunningham
Samantha CunninghamRecovery Navigator
If you had just 5 minutes to sit down and hear Samantha’s personal testimony, you would not leave tearless. She is a true survivor of more than just addiction.
Michael Wooten
Michael WootenProject Coordinator
Michael is no stranger to adversity and understands the need to meet people and families where they are at.
Bonnie Goodwin
Bonnie GoodwinRecovery Coach - Christian County
Bonnie loves recovery and loves helping people find their own path.
Katie McKenna
Katie McKennaRecovery Coach Volunteer - Christian County
Katie has four years of continuous recovery and has had many challenges but stayed the course. She provides recovery support services to Christian County residents.
Mary Mullins
Mary MullinsVolunteer Admin. Assistant
Mary has a rich history working with youth, counseling with her CADC, and being supportive and caring towards those that have been impacted by drug and alcohol addiction.


We provide non-clinical recovery support services at no cost to individuals and families in the Illinois riverbend and Metro-east w/ or w/out insurance.



If you are interested in getting into residential treatment/detox/medical stabilization, receiving recovery coaching/support, family recovery coaching, or need Narcan, visit our Riverbend Recovery Center at 144 E., Suite B, Ferguson Ave., Wood River, Illinois. If you’re in Christian, Jersey, or St. Clair Counties, contact us at 618-331-5905 to connect with our other offices.

trained recovery coaches


All of our recovery coaches and staff have lived experience and are trained in recovery coach services.

Friendly support


Our team understands that you or your family have been through a lot and we want to help you holistically in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Change Can be scary


One thing all of our staff are aware of is the frightening thoughts of change that come with recovery in the early stages. We are with you every step of the way to help ease the process and transition of change.

Recovery Support Survey

Get a head start on receiving help from Amare and a recovery coach with getting into residential treatment, detox, and other needed resources by completing this 60-second survey.

Relationship to Recovery *
Status *
Gender *
Race *
Where Do You Live? *
Recovery Needs (select all that apply) *
Last Time You Used A Drug
Challenging Substances
What Type Of Insurance *
Do You Need Narcan (opioid overdose reversal drug)?