“Come as you are”

Peer Support

What is Peer Support?  By sharing their experiences, peers bring hope to people in recovery and promote a sense of belonging within the community.  Support services are delivered by individuals who have common life experiences with the people they are serving.  People with mental and/or substance use disorders have a unique capacity to help each other based on a shared affiliation and a deep understanding of this experience. In self-help and mutual support, people offer this support, strength, and hope to their peers, which allows for personal growth, wellness promotion, and recovery.

Peer support has been shown to enhance the treatment experience and reduce hospitalizations and frequency of relapse (Value of Peers, SAMHSA).

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Peer Support Using Harm Reduction

We provide peer support services in a unique environment with a focus on people who use injection drugs, people living with HIV and people reentering the community after incarceration. Our harm reduction philosophy and programming includes peer support engagement with people with people who are actively using substances and those working toward recovery and reduction of the harmful outcomes associated with substance use disorder. Participants have access to peer support even when they can’t or won’t meet our treatment outcome ideals, but express the need or desire to explore change.

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We will be participating in an organization-wide staff development and training this week.  Please note the change in hours.  We look forward to sharing what we learn with you when we return on Thursday.

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