Peer Support

Our team is comprised of individuals personally impacted by Substance Use Disorder and collectively have over 70 years of experience in Recovery.

Dedicated to helping other's receive the gift of sobriety, each of us work passionately to address all facets of the opioid epidemic.

Resources

Our network has access to a variety of resources to meet the individual where they are at on their journey to recovery. We have made networking and relationship building a cornerstone of our organization in order to build a network on local, state and national level. If we cannot provide you with the service directly, our team is committed to work tirelessly to connect you with one who can.

Events

With our social media popularity, we are able to reach thousands of people in order to host effective public rallies and educational events to raise awareness in an effort to  break the stigma associated with the disease of addiction.

These events include public awareness rallies, educational and prevention seminars, narcan trainings, and overdose awareness vigils.

Together with 15 other grassroot organizations statewide, we are launching the Massachusetts State of Awareness vigil on 8.31.18 and we hope you will support our collective efforts on making this a successful event.

A Brief History of Peer Support in Behavioral Health

Many people think that peer support services are a relatively recent development within behavioral health, emerging from the Mental Health Consumer and New Recovery Advocacy movements in the early 1990s. In reality, the history of what we now refer to as peer support spans centuries, crosses continents, engages a wide array of treatment settings, and is shaped by the diverse culture and norms of the communities it benefits.

The new wave of peer support services in mental health emerged from the consumer, survivor, and ex-patient movements that began in the 1960s, around the same time as the civil rights movement, gay rights, the women’s movement, and the Native American movements. The movements were fights for self-determination driven by anger about inhumane treatment and oppression.

In the early 1990s, peer support emerged in its contemporary form in mental health and has virtually exploded across the country, with the number of peer staff in mental health programs reaching the tens of thousands. Peer staff fulfill a variety of roles and serve numerous functions in these programs, from providing traditional services (such as case management or residential support) to offering entirely new services (such as teaching people how to use Wellness Recovery Action Plans).

Although the New Recovery Advocacy Movement is a relatively recent development in the addiction field, earlier forms of peer support by and for people with addictions have existed at least since the early 1800s.

In its contemporary form, recovery coaching in addiction, build on this rich history to provide an important complement to existing substance use disorder treatment programs. Peer recovery support can be provided as an effective bridge into treatment, as a potent augmentation to treatment, and as a valuable post-treatment resource that enables people to maintain the gains they have made in treatment, thus helping people to initiate, achieve, and sustain recovery. Peer-delivered recovery support services have proliferated throughout the United States over the last decade and have a pivotal role in combatting the current overdose trends.

Reach Out For Help

If you or a loved one needs help, please feel free to reach out to one of our Peer Recovery Support Specialists for more information.