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Peer-based Recovery Support Models

Peer-based recovery support programs are available throughout the continuum of care and may be provided by either nonprofessional, nonclinical peers who are in recovery themselves or by specialized community health workers (CHWs) who are in recovery, known as recovery or peer specialists. Recovery specialists have had training and received a certification in providing assistance to people with substance abuse issues.

A major benefit of using a network of peer support is the sense of community that is established between peer providers and others in recovery. People in recovery report feeling shame, guilt, and low self-esteem, which is often easier to address when working with peers who have had similar experiences.

Promising Models