What is a Certified Peer Support Specialist, and How Does it Help?
A peer support specialist has the lived experience of mental health or substance abuse disorders. Since they’ve recovered from addiction themselves, they’re able to offer hope and guidance in a judgment-free environment.
Not only do peer support specialists share their wisdom and stories, but they can also help you out with tools and resources they discovered on their own journey towards recovery. Using these tools, peer support specialists can educate and empower you to make changes in your life. Together, you can hone in on your dreams and goals for a future of wellness.
To become certified, peer support specialists have to demonstrate certain core competencies. Using their training, they work within a professional framework that emphasizes recovery, understands trauma, and is based on a respectful and empathetic mutual relationship. When you’re recovering from substance addiction, that empathy, respect, and sense of connection can give you strength when you need it most.