Peer recovery connects individuals with lived experience in recovery to clients who are exploring what recovery looks like to them.
Examples of peer recovery support services include:
Peer coaching is developing a one-on-one relationship in which a peer coach with recovery experience encourages, motivates and supports a peer through their relationship to drugs or alcohol.
Connecting the client with services and resources available in the community.
Peer recovery coaches facilitate recovery-oriented group activities including support groups and educational activities.
GLRC aims to help clients build healthy social networks through events and pro-social activities.
Peer recovery has been shown to improve engagement and retention of people seeking services. They are effective in reducing incidents of return to use. Research also shows that long-term treatment and/or recovery outcomes are improved by linkages to community-based recovery supports such as recovery coaching. When those with lived experience walk side by side with counselors, therapists, nurses, doctors and the judicial system the outcomes can be dramatically improved.
A Peer Recovery Coach, is a person with lived experience. As a result of personal experiences, they understand many of the feelings, challenges, fears and problems one may face as a result of substance use disorder. They may use their stories and experiences to offer support to those embarking on their own journey free of judgment.
● Those curious about recovery
● Prior to treatment
● During residential or outpatient treatment
● Post treatment
● In later recovery stages