Here at Peer Support Central, we specialize in peer support specialist training for those who are currently serving or want to serve first responders and military professionals. These communities see a disproportionate amount of critical incident stress, making it very important that they have the proper support from well-trained peer specialists.
However, it’s important to remember that those in the first responder and military fields aren’t the only ones who can benefit from the services of a well-trained peer support specialist.
Indianapolis public media station WFYI recently reported on the growing role that peer support specialists are playing in addiction recovery for people from all walks of life.
WFYI’s report tells the story of Deana Kilpatrick, a recovering addict who says she smoked crack for the first time when she was just 13 years old. Her downward spiral of addiction spanned over 30 years. Now, looking to get her life straight and kick her addiction once and for all, Kilpatrick is benefiting from enrollment in a peer support counseling program in Branson, Missouri.
Called “Peers Encouraging and Empowering Peers” the program is part of Stone County’s efforts to keep addicts out of prison and in treatment programs where they can get the help they really need.
“The bottom line is that peers can help improve treatment outcomes,” says Tom Hill, senior adviser on addiction recovery with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, told WFYI.
His agency promotes peer support as a tool for recovery, and supports peer support programs with grants. “Peers can help a person really develop what a life in recovery entails in terms of a full and meaningful and productive life,” he says.
Want to be part of the growing movement of peer support specialists who are helping to make a difference in the lives of others?