PEER RECOVERY SERVICES
We are committed to the concept of peer work and the value it provides to the people we serve through offering direct support, encouragement, and hope that recovery is possible. These services are activities and supports provided on a regular or episodic basis to individuals who are in recovery from substance use disorders who may also have co-occurring disorders. They are intended to meet some of the social, educational, health, individual and group peer support and other non‐clinical needs of individuals which may be needed for continuous recovery.
Peers can relate to others in a non-clinical, more personal way as they have a similar lived experience. Peers are positive role models and offer hope to others, demonstrating by their own life that recovery is possible.
Some of the activities provided by a Peer Recovery Specialist include:
• Express and achieve your goals for recovery
• Monitor your own progress
• Learn effective coping and self-help strategies
• Find effective services and supports
• Get the most from your Person Centered Planning process
• Develop Wellness Plans
• Develop Advance Directives
• Get support during a crisis
• Participate in the community
• Become more independent and productive
Definition of “recovery-oriented guiding principles”
Recovery emerges from hope: The belief that recovery is real provides the essential and motivating message of a better future – that people can and do overcome the internal and external challenges, barriers, and obstacles that confront them.
Recovery is person-driven: Self-determination and self-direction are the foundations for recovery as individuals define their own life goals and design their unique path(s).
Recovery occurs via many pathways: Individuals are unique with distinct needs, strengths, preferences, goals, culture and backgrounds, including trauma experiences that affect and determine their pathway(s) to recovery. Abstinence is the safest approach for those with substance use disorders.
Recovery is holistic: Recovery encompasses an individual’s whole life, including mind, body, spirit, and community. The array of services and supports available should be integrated and coordinated.
Recovery is supported by peers and allies: Mutual support and mutual aid groups, including the sharing of experiential knowledge and skills, as well as social learning, play an invaluable role in recovery
Recovery is supported through relationship and social networks: An important factor in the recovery process is the presence and involvement of people who believe in the person’s ability to recover; who offer hope, support and encouragement; and who also suggest strategies and resources for change.
Recovery is culturally based and influenced: Culture and cultural background in all of its diverse representations, including values, traditions, and beliefs, are keys in determining a person’s journey and unique pathway to recovery.
Recovery is supported by addressing trauma: Services and supports should be trauma-informed to foster safety (physical and emotional) and trust, as well as promote choice, empowerment and collaboration.
Recovery involves individual, family and community strengths and responsibility: Individuals, families and communities have strengths and resources that serve as a foundation for recovery.
Recovery is based on respect: Community, systems, and societal acceptance and appreciation for people affected by mental health and substance use problems – including protecting their rights and eliminating discrimination – are crucial in achieving recovery.
All peers at CCC, strive to empower individuals toward their own recovery success, goals and dreams.