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SOS peer support specialists promote recovery; remove barriers; build recovery capital; connect recoverees with recovery support services; and encourage hope, optimism and healthy living. Peer support specialists often will assist individuals in removing various barriers such as assisting with employment, housing, educational needs, connections to mental health resources when desired, connections to meetings through multiple pathways as well as recovery oriented social network events, activities and other wellness related opportunities. SOS peer support specialists will also provide crisis response and resources to those who may currently be working on substance use related issues and are seeking treatment and recovery options.
Peer-assisted recovery supports are for people both in recovery from addiction themselves, or for family members, friends and loved ones of those who have been affected by another’s addiction.
Peer support specialists are not therapists, counselors, clinicians, clergy or 12 step sponsors. They occupy a very unique and distinct lane on the recovery highway.
Peer-assisted recovery supports in the SOS Recovery Community Centers is provided by trained peer support specialists, free of charge. All SOS peer support specialists have completed a 30 hour peer support services training as well as sixteen hours of ethics training. Anyone who is seeking to initiate or sustain their recovery is welcome. At SOS Recovery Community Organization, you are in recovery if you say you are.