WHAT IS A PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST?
A peer specialist is a guide to a person in recovery. A specialist uses his/her own lived experiences and training to help discover a path of recovery that will work best for the individuals they are supporting. Examples of what a peer specialist may do to support their clients include:
- Develop a continuing and supportive relationship with the individual
- Help the individual learn how to cope with feelings and emotions in healthy ways
- Identify goals the individual would like to pursue, and assist in creating a plan to achieve these goals
- Assist the individual in finding support groups and activities with others in recovery
- Navigate resources to help the individual find employment
- Support the individual find housing and basic needs for living
THE POWER OF PEER SPECIALISTS
Peer support is the fastest growing service for people in recovery. A significant amount of evidence supports that peer specialists are a critical and effective strategy for ongoing health care and sustained behavior change for people with chronic diseases and other conditions, and its benefits can be extended to community, organizational and societal levels.
Recovree supports peer specialists by creating efficiencies so they can spend less time on administrative tasks and more time with their clients. Learn how here.