Addiction Treatment Center
How Peers Can Accelerate Your Addiction Recovery
By BrightView
Published: May 16, 2022
Updated: September 22, 2023

When looking into substance use disorder treatment programs, the quality of the center and the treatment options they provide are likely your priorities. Of course, finding a treatment program that is accessible, effective, and based on research is essential—however, the peers you meet in addiction recovery can make a difference as well.


Peer support in recovery can come in different forms, but it always centers around social connection and emotional support from others who have gone through the same thing. The peer recovery support program at BrightView is an essential part of the recovery process, and it can be an invaluable source of guidance.

Your Peers in Recovery: Providing Hope and Guidance

Substance use disorders can be isolating. It can feel as though you’re the only one facing this issue and that you’ll never be able to get better. In treatment, you’ll quickly realize that you are not alone—but it can be difficult to open up about your experiences and feelings.


This is where peers in addiction recovery can make a difference. Others who have been through the same thing can provide hope and guidance. They can offer a unique perspective and share their own experiences with you.


Just a few of the things you can expect from peers in addiction recovery include:


  • A safe space to share your thoughts and experiences
  • Someone to talk to who understands what you’re going through
  • Support in navigating treatment and early recovery
  • Help with identifying your triggers and learning how to cope with them
  • Accountability and encouragement
  • Assistance with setting recovery goals


The best thing about peer recovery supporters is that they have been in your shoes. The isolation of addiction becomes a thing of the past as you build a network of support.

How Your Peers in Addiction Recovery Fit into Treatment


Of course, the connections you’ll make with peers are just one part of the addiction recovery process. Peers in addiction recovery should never take the place of professional treatment. Instead, they should complement it.


The most effective approach to addiction recovery combines different evidence-based treatment modalities based on the needs of each individual patient. For example, some of the services and treatments offered at BrightView clinics include:


  • Medication for addiction treatment – FDA-approved medications like Suboxone and Vivitrol can be used to ease withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
  • Group therapy – Group therapy sessions provide support and allow you to share your experiences with others in recovery.
  • Individual therapy – One-on-one sessions with a therapist allow you to work through underlying issues and develop healthy coping mechanisms.
  • Connections with community resources – In addition to peers in addiction recovery, you’ll also be connected with community resources like 12-step programs.


The peer support program at BrightView is just one of the ways we help our patients build a foundation for long-term recovery. If you or someone you love is facing a substance use disorder, we can help. 

Reach Out to BrightView Today

Making substance use disorder treatment more effective and accessible than ever before is our mission at BrightView. Our evidence-based treatment programs are designed to meet each patient’s unique needs.


With 50+ locations in Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, and Massachusetts, it’s likely that you have a BrightView clinic nearby. Our phone lines are open 24/7, and many individuals seeking treatment can begin services the very same day. We offer flexible scheduling and telehealth options so that access to support is always within reach.


If you’re ready to learn more about BrightView’s treatment options, get started by reaching out to a member of our team today at 888.501.9865 or by viewing our locations online.