A peer is someone with lived experience with substance abuse who uses their experiential knowledge to support the recovery goals of individuals who use drugs and/or alcohol. Peers are natural support experts, meaning that the relationships they establish can lead to increased feelings of support, safety, and well-being among the individuals they serve. Peers can meet with individuals in the community upon request.

Through a combination of lived experience and professional training, peers can provide services to participants including:

  • Developing recovery plans
  • Raising awareness of existing social and other support services
  • Modeling coping skills
  • Assisting with applying for benefits
  • Accompanying patients to medical appointments
  • Providing non-clinical crisis support, especially after periods of hospitalization or incarceration
  • Accompanying patients to court appearances and other appointments
  • Working with participants to identify strengths
  • Linking participants to formal recovery supports
  • Educating program participants about various modes of recovery
  • Travel training; how to use public transportation independently

Peer services are not:

  • A program model focused on diagnosis or deficits
  • Helping in a hierarchical way
  • Treatment compliance
  • Medication compliance
  • Monitoring individual behavior
  • Care coordination or care management
To connect with a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate, please call 607-723-7308 and ask to speak with one of ACBC's peer advocates.