The Role of Peer Support in Recovery
It is a long road back from addiction. While recovery is different for every addict, one thing is constant: everyone in recovery needs the support of their peers. And these peers need to be intimately familiar with what it means to be an addict. Recovering addicts can experience agonizing doubt, fear, cravings and rocky instability that frequently tag along in recovery. This is especially true in early recovery, but the insecurity, sense of loss and being drawn back into the addiction can also drag on for much longer – even years. The role of peer support in recovery is critical in both helping to conquer addiction and reducing the risk of future relapses.
Others Who Understand What You’re Going Through
Peer recovery support services are designed and delivered by people who have experienced both addiction and the recovery process. They know what it’s like to be an addict, to struggle with the daily pressures and stress, to overcome the guilt, sadness, confusion, to try to find a job, rebuild careers, relationships, and self-esteem.
Peer recovery support can also help to motivate a user to enter into treatment; it can even facilitate the individual’s desire to change once in treatment, and help reduce the likelihood of post-rehab relapse.
Post-Rehab Support and Encouragement
The highly-qualified staff of compassionate professionals at White Sands Treatment Center understand that peer recovery support extends beyond the clinical reach of treatment, and directly impacts the lives of people who most need it. That’s why our clients are strongly encouraged to participate in peer recovery support services, including outside support group meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) for ongoing maintenance and support.
These groups help addicts in the recovery process build relationships with other recovering addicts, and to offer each other support and encouragement. It also gives clients the opportunity to find sponsors that can help guide them through a post-rehab 12-step program. Ultimately, peer recovery support can help ensure a lasting recovery by providing a stable and constant support structure that a recovering addict can turn to during challenging times.