Our first “unofficial” referral has had his share of ups and downs. When we got the referral, he had just had an overdose. He did fairly well with a peer in the first few months, but as that peer got to know him, they thought that he may do better with a different peer for a variety of reasons. We changed his peer and watched him thrive! He did have one episode where he returned to use, but he reached out to his peer immediately and his peer walked him through detoxing again and getting back onto his recovery pathway. He relied heavily on his peer for months and now he is at a once a week check in with his peer status. He has gotten a job and taken great strides in his recovery goals.

Our first “official” referral was a pregnant female on 2-18-21. We were able to connect her with a peer and she has kept in great contact with her. She has not had any episodes of return to use and she had her baby and has continued in her recovery. While she was pregnant, she also chose to take the Certified Peer Specialist Course and is anxiously awaiting her one year of sobriety date so she can work as a Peer herself. She said she would not have made it through her pregnancy as easily without the support she got from her peer. She recognizes the value of peers and can’t wait to become one!

In the last 18 months were able to:

  • Accept 202 participants referred to our organization and connect them with peer support

  • Train 57 people in three 30-hour Recovery Coach Academies

  • Hire 29 Peer Support Professionals to work with our organization

(As of September 29,2022)