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An important part of mental health treatment or addiction recovery is having the benefit of support and guidance from someone with a shared experience.

Peer Specialists, individuals who have experienced a mental health or addiction diagnosis personally or through a family member or friend, use their lived experiences in providing skills for coping with and managing mental health or addiction symptoms. Peer support uses trauma informed, non-clinical assistance to help achieve long-term recovery from a mental health or addiction diagnosis.

Through peer counseling, peer support services help those in recovery understand they are not defined by a mental health or addiction diagnosis. Typically, peer support services are introduced during the midpoint of a treatment plan based on a referral from a Targeted Case Manager or therapist.

Peer Specialists coach individuals as they work through peer counseling issues that are perceived as obstacles, including often routine activities such as obtaining reliable transportation. Whether it is budgeting, time management or other planning skills, the Peer Specialist mentors and guides a person in order to overcome various challenges.

Other activities might include the Peer Specialist encouraging an individual to revisit constructive hobbies like playing guitar, painting or simply taking time to sit in a local park to refocus and take a break from many of the stresses we all experience in daily life.

Peer Specialists overcame similar challenges, so they are able to help offer informed mental health and addiction recovery solutions to others. These activities are all part of the individualized service plan provided by Citizen Advocates.

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