What Is a Peer Support Worker?
In society, we recognize the importance of role models for showing people that they can achieve their dreams. Peer support is a more targeted, specific version of this. For someone who is new to the recovery process, healing can seem impossible. Even when self-help groups, counselors, therapists and doctors tell you getting better is possible, it’s too easy to dismiss them, thinking of them as authority figures who don’t understand.
A peer support worker approaches the relationship from an entirely different angle. They are someone you automatically view as an equal, and you know unequivocally that they understand what you are going through. They share all the wisdom and experience that helped them to regain control over their drug and alcohol abuse symptoms to get where they are today.