Substance use disorder in families often leads to involvement in child welfare systems. Research shows that removal of a child from a family is traumatic for both the child and parents and can impede the parent’s journey to recovery. Many programs now employ family peer mentors or recovery specialists to work with the families on their treatment plan, connect parents and children to services and resources, and provide support as they go through a difficult process.
A brief overview of the New Mexico Peer Education Project which trains incarcerated individuals to educate their peers about addiction, infectious diseases such as hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus, and other health issues. This report is part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s spotlight series.
A brief overview of the AnchorED program in Rhode Island which connects patients seen in the emergency department (ED) for an opioid-related overdose with a trained peer recovery coach. ED staff call the AnchorED hotline which dispatches recovery coaches to meet patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The coaches provide the patient with information about recovery supports and resources and may educate the patient or caregivers on naloxone use to treat overdose. Preliminary evaluation reports show that more than 80 percent of patients who meet with the coaches engage in some recovery support services upon discharge. Part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.
A 2 page document that explains the Recovery Cafe Network and its process to help communities establish community recovery centers modeled after the Recovery Cafe in Seattle.
In 2004, a group of individuals committed to serving individuals affected by homelessness, addiction and other mental health challenges opened the Recovery Cafe in Seattle to provide long term recovery support.
This 1 page briefing paper summarizes the findings from a study of participants in In the Rooms, an online social network site for the recovery community. The study showed that recovery-specific social network sites show promise as part of the modern recovery community. More research into whether these sites help
This briefing paper from the National Judicial Opioid Task Force provides an overview of parent partner programs, where parents facing child welfare or dependency proceedings are paired with a peer adviser who helps them understand and navigate the process. Parent partner programs in Washington, Iowa,
Addressing substance use disorder (SUD) and the trauma that often precedes it in youth is a priority for treatment providers, parents, caregivers, and community leaders. Many leaders have found that youth have a special ability and role to play in helping their peers. In this collection, CLOUD provides resources that focus on youth providing peer support to other youth and young adults.
This collection features resources to assist substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers, health care systems, and community organizations create and manage peer support programs.
Recovery support groups have been an important part of many people’s recovery, providing a safe space to seek support and provide mutual assistance to peers.