Peer Support
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By BrightView
Author Dan Bielecki, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS
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Dan Bielecki, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS

Dan is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with supervision designation (LPCC-S) and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor... read more

Published: January 13, 2022
Updated: January 4, 2022

If your home environment or social circle contributes to your substance use disorder (SUD), you may be concerned about how you will sustain your sobriety after quitting drugs or alcohol. Not everyone has an ideal living situation for lasting recovery, which is why peer support in addiction recovery is an essential component of your sober lifestyle plan.

At BrightView, we understand that ongoing addiction treatment is vital to lasting recovery. When you enroll in our SUD treatment programs, you will never be left on your own to navigate the ups and downs of recovery. We can provide you with unconditional support, behavioral therapy, and holistic therapies and connect you with peer support to help you stay motivated.

Call us today at 888.501.9865 to learn more about overcoming SUD with help from peer recovery support programs and our outpatient addiction treatment programs.

What Is Peer Support for Addiction Recovery?

Peer support for addiction recovery is a support program where individuals designated as peer leaders provide guidance and a listening ear to those in recovery. These individuals are typically others who have been through the recovery process themselves. Some of the functions a peer leader may serve for those in recovery are:

  • Facilitating sober activities that help people in recovery learn how to socialize without the need for drugs or alcohol
  • Mentoring those in recovery by listening without judgment and sharing strategies for managing life in recovery
  • Helping connect people in recovery with necessary social services and employment resources
  • Teaching healthy life skills, stress management techniques, and communication skills to help those in recovery improve their overall life satisfaction

Peer support extends beyond substance use disorder treatment. You can seek out a peer leader before, during, or after treatment. Peer support will be a valuable resource regardless of where you are in your recovery journey.

Why Do You Need Peer Support in Addiction Recovery?

When you are in recovery, you need all the support you can get to stay on track. Without a strong support system, you may be more susceptible to roadblocks, such as:

  • Chronic stress or feelings of loneliness and isolation can lead to the desire to self-medicate
  • Friends or family members that either try to tempt you to use substances or leave you out of gatherings since you are not using
  • A lack of sober peers to enjoy social activities with
  • A home or work environment that is not conducive to recovery

Trying to navigate recovery on your own can make it difficult to achieve lasting sobriety. You will encounter everyday stressors, temptations, and other triggers that can test your abstinence. A robust peer support system provides you with the resources you need to keep you on the right path.

Please be sure to inquire with your local BrightView center if Peer Supporters are part of the services offered at the particular site.

Some of the benefits of peer support include:

  • Having someone to talk to when times are tough
  • Being able to reach out to someone when temptation is strong
  • Sharing struggles and successes with others who can relate
  • Learning coping skills and relapse prevention techniques from others who have been where you are
  • Feeling that you are not alone in recovery
  • Having people to spend time with without concerns about peer pressure or temptation to use substances

Peer support in addiction recovery is just one component of your treatment plan for lasting sobriety. Taking advantage of all opportunities for peer support can make your recovery easier and more enjoyable. However, be sure to combine this support with behavioral and holistic therapies for a well-rounded approach to a sober lifestyle.

Enroll in Ongoing Addiction Treatment for Lasting Recovery at BrightView

The outpatient treatment programs at BrightView have all the resources you need to enjoy a healthy recovery. With medication, counseling, therapy, and highly qualified case managers connecting you with peer support, you can feel confident that you will never have to get through recovery alone.

Call us today at 888.501.9865 to enroll in our outpatient treatment programs.