Every patient struggling with substance abuse disorder faces different challenges depending on their personal history and life circumstances. To accommodate patients from all walks of life, Lake Substance Abuse Solutions ensures patients are supported 100 percent along the way by pairing them with peer support specialists while they undergo medication-assisted treatment. During the course of treatment, our peer specialists can provide patients with advice on recovery and access to resources to help them achieve and maintain a steady recovery.

What Is A Peer Support Specialist?

Constant support is an important part of successful recovery. Peer support specialists offer unique assistance for patients currently undergoing treatment. Oftentimes, peer specialists are previous addicts who have successfully recovered and want to help patients achieve that same goal. At our drug rehabilitation center, we pair patients with a peer specialist who can empathize with their situation and provide them with guidance to stay on the right track.
Peer specialists also help patients coordinate steps of the recovery process, including substance abuse assessments, mental health assessments, therapy, and physician visits. There are many different types of peer support, so patients are given individualized attention to best determine the right solution for their unique substance disorders. Take the first step in overcoming your addiction — get in touch with us to learn more about our individualized treatments.

How Can A Peer Support Specialist Help With My Recovery?

Patients reap numerous benefits when their recovery involves a peer support specialist. Peer specialists can empathize with patients, so no part of addiction treatment falls through the cracks. In line with our patient-first approach to treatment, peer specialists help patients feel supported during their treatment by assisting Dr. Shelton and his team while they focus on providing high-quality individual treatment plans.

When patients have a peer support specialist, they feel like they’re receiving support from someone who can be empathetic to their situation. This helps patients feel important, thus encouraging their recovery journey. Peer support is non-clinical, so patients get to form a closer bond with their specialist.

What Does A Peer Support Specialist Do?

Peer support specialists help patients with their recovery in many ways. Although this is not a clinical role, the services they provide are key for many patients to overcome substance abuse. The peer support specialist will meet patients at some point during the addiction recovery process. Usually, peer support is most effective during the stages of mid-to-late recovery, after the patient has gone through early treatment. A peer specialist offers social support through four main roles, including the following.

  • Emotional support: Specialists help the recovering addict improve their confidence as they navigate life without drugs.
  • Affiliation support. They assisting patients in learning and improve their social skills, create a support system around them, and help patients develop a sense of community.
  • Instrumental support: They help patients accomplish basic personal and professional tasks to improve their lives.
  • Informational support: Specialists get the information patients need to return to “normal” life both personally and professionally.