Many addiction treatment counselors and coaches may not admit but peers are the most influential people for a person in recovery. Peers as a support group is one of the critical element for a successful recovery or in staying clean and sober. Recovery peers, who often regard as a user’s friends or extended family, are those who the user can relate to, get inspiration from, and keep them company as they travel towards the road to recovery.
Here are the common support peers provide for a recovering individual:
- Provide hope and a source of inspiration
Most importantly in the inital stage of recovery, realizing that there is hope is crucial for a person in recovery. He/she needs to understand that the door to recovery is always open for everyone who wants it. Peers help inspire recovering people to stay on the right path and pick them up when they fall.
- To converse with, share experiences and ideas, and talk about their feelings
It is a common thought that nobody can relate with and understand an addict better than those who have undergone addiction. Peers know how to deal with specific situations thus this make them good advisers to the recovering individual.
- Great understanding of craving
Craving is a painful situation addicts feel when psychologically and/or physically requires them to engage in drugs, alcohol, or compulsive behavior. Resistance and other external factors make the pain even worse. While non-addicts can only understand addiction from their perspective, only recovery peers can provide non-judgmental advice.
- Offer the most needed social, emotional, and spiritual support
Recovery peers come from a diverse social, emotional, and spiritual background. But there is only one thing that’s common for them: to help a recovering addict back on their feet.
- Provide an avenue to help others and develop leadership skills
The culture of a peer-oriented recovery support group is that it continuously accepts those who need help. Those who were helped by the group will also have the opportunity to give back, which is to help others in one way or another.
Having peers in addiction recovery satisfies one’s Love and Belongingness Need based on Abraham Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs. But more importantly, it is the friendship and the bond that was formed is something that is treasured by everyone within the support group. Hope, trust, care, and the genuine desire to help, as far as KAYA sees, are at the heart of a successful peer-oriented support group.