What is Peer Support?
Peer support offers callers a relationship unlike any other. Peers can offer a level of understanding and acceptance that is authentic and culturally sensitive through their own lived experience.
What are the benefits?
The peer relationship offers non-clinical support using a strength-based approach. Peer support does not try to replace clinical treatments, instead it can work in conjunction with treatment, and assist in breaking down barriers to recovery. Peers work together with callers to create individualized recovery and wellness goals. The peer relationship inspires hope and shows people that recovery is possible. By offering relationships built on mutual trust and respect Peer support can help:
Increase treatment retention
Increase satisfaction with treatment experiences
Decrease overdose rates
Promote health and wellness
Decrease emergency service utilization
Decrease impacts of stigma
Increase sense of control
Increase social support
We provide connections to a wide range of wellness resources in the community. This connection can help promote a sense of community support. Peer support can help empower callers to begin their path to wellness and recovery by offering a stigma-free environment.