Recovery or Peer Mentors

Supports in Recovery

What is a Recovery Mentor or a Peer Mentor?

     

A Recovery Mentor (sometimes called a Peer Mentor) is a person who is in recovery from a substance use disorder and who has been trained and certified to help other people identify and achieve self-determined goals of recovery. 

The Recovery or Peer Mentor provides information and education to build another person’s ability to make informed, independent choices, and assists them with gaining access  and support from the community.

A Recovery or Peer Mentor provides services to a person or a family member with similar life experience.  This means that a Recovery or Peer Mentor who is in recovery from alcoholism will help others with alcohol use disorders.  A Recovery or Peer Mentor who is in recovery from methamphetamine will help others affected with methamphetamine use disorders.  

A Recovery or Peer Mentor has completed an approved addiction training program (peer delivered services) and be: 

  • A self-identified person in recovery from a substance use disorder
  • Who meets the abstinence requirements for recovering staff in alcohol and other drug treatment programs (2 years of abstinence).

What Will A Recovery or Peer Mentor Do?

A mentor is someone you can look to for guidance and support, and has also faced and walked through many of the same battles you’re facing.  Recovery or Peer Mentorship is valuable because it provides an opportunity to learn from those who have been where you are.   

They are known in the community where you live, and can provide real advice and experience.  A Recovery or Peer Mentor is also well versed in local community support facilities, including medical, dental and mental health clinics.  They can help you to understand support group directories, may attend some with you and introduce you, can help you navigate transportation barriers, and connect you to other needs.   

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