SAC employs peer support specialists who have completed a 40-hour training and are certified or working towards certification as recovery support specialists. There are extensive research and literature citing the effectiveness and value of a peer or person with lived experience in the continuum of substance abuse treatment programming.
By providing recovery support services across the continuum of care, we can support resiliency, open doors to service access and engagement, and support long-term recovery.
Program Services: We have extended the scope of our peers with the Recovery Engagement Program and have even begun to integrate recovery support services into our treatment programs. Our peers bring a program into the Indian River County Jail with the goal of helping to engage inmates into treatment and a recovery lifestyle.
Peers have the ability to build trust and identity through their lived experience. This program is a natural bridge for our peers, as many of the residents in our recovery assistance program come to us from jail. The peer’s role is to provide education and recovery support services to the inmates.
One aspect of that education is related to the availability and effectiveness of Medication Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders.
We have brought this program to new community partners including Camp Haven. Our use of peers to assertively engage and help retain persons with substance use disorders into treatment is a vital part of changing lives and improving our community.
Program Fees: There are no associated fees with Peer Support.
For more information about our program, reach out by email via [email protected].