A common thread that runs throughout this course series is the importance of individualized services and supports that are developed in collaboration with the person receiving recovery support services. This shows respect for the person’s rights to self-determination – to exercise choice in the full range of treatment, recovery support, and other life decisions. The person is viewed as paramount; strengths are emphasized and weaknesses are de-emphasized and reframed.
With any behavior change, the key to sustaining the change over time is to make it a way of life. Sustaining recovery and having overall well-being in life requires a lifelong dedication to the long-term goals of recovery and wellness. Often, this can feel daunting. Wellness is not just the absence of illness. In looking at the person in recovery holistically, it is important to work across multiple dimensions of wellness. The way a person functions in one dimension can enhance or impede the way they function in another dimension.
Peer specialists play a critical role in helping others to attain and maintain recovery and wellness. This module explores how peer specialists:
- instill hope and promote resilience
- assist in the development and monitoring of a recovery plan
- assist in preventing relapse
- support the client’s achievement of strengths-based individual goals
- promote wellness strategies, and
- serve as successful role models
Video: The Other Side (5:33 minutes)
Watch this powerful video from the National Council for Behavioral Health Care about the importance of the peer specialist to help people get from the side of “illness” to the other side – RECOVERY.