Peer Services, An Overview

Peer-based recovery support is the process of giving and receiving nonprofessional, nonclinical assistance to achieve long-term recovery from , mental health, substance use and co-occuring disorders. This support is provided by people who are experientially credentialed to assist others in initiating recovery, maintaining recovery and enhancing the quality of personal and family life in long-term recovery{William White, 2009}. Simply said, peer support is provided by peers with lived experience of recovery, weather mental health, substance use or co-occuring experience.

Peer support can assist peers with their most pressing needs-finding a sfae place to live, and a job. They encourage and facilitate participation in educational opportunities and help linkto resourcesthat address specific needs, such as chronic and acute health problems, parenting young children, and problems stemming from involment with the criminal justice system.

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