The Importance of Peer Recovery Support

It’s a long road back from addiction. While recovery is different for every individual, one thing remains the same: all persons in recovery need the support of others. And these others 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 addiction 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. Peer recovery support services are critical in both helping to conquer addiction, and greatly reducing the chance of relapse.

Substance Abuse Disorder and Recovery.

Peer recovery support services are designed and delivered by people who have experienced both substance abuse disorder and recovery. 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 also facilitate the individual’s desire to change once in rehab treatment, and help reduce the likelihood of post-rehab relapse.

The highly-qualified staff of compassionate professionals at 12 Keys Rehab understand that peer recovery support extends the clinical reach of treatment, and directly impacts the lives of people who most need it. It’s why 12 Keys’ clients are encouraged to participate in peer addiction recovery support services, including outside support group meetings – like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) – for ongoing maintenance and support. This helps to build relationships with other recovering alcoholics and addicts. It also gives clients the opportunity to find sponsors that can help guide them through a 12-step program after rehab. Ultimately, peer recovery support ensuring a lasting recovery by providing a stable and constant support structure.

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