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Individual/Family Peer Specialists

The Georgia Collaborative ASO’s belief is that:

  1. Recovery is a choice
  2. Recovery is unique to an individual
  3. Recovery is a journey, not a destination
  4. Self-directed recovery is possible for everyone
  5. There are multiple pathways to recovery

Certified Peer Specialists are individuals that through training, are certified in Georgia as having “lived experience” of a mental health and/or substance challenge. This allows the CPS to connect with others showing by example that long-term sustained recovery is attainable. CPS support other individuals with a behavioral health challenge by promoting hope, recovery, personal responsibility, education, and self-advocacy. CPS assist their peers in skill building, goal setting, problem-solving, and in helping them build their own self-directed recovery tools, including WRAP. They provide support as follows:

Type of Support Description
Emotional Demonstrate empathy, caring, or concern to bolster person’s self-esteem and confidence.
Informational Share knowledge and information and/or provide life or vocational skills training.
Instrumental Provide concrete assistance to help others accomplish tasks.
Affiliation Facilitate contacts with other people to promote learning of social and recreational skills, create community, and acquire a sense of belonging.

Peer Support is:

Type of Support Description
Voluntary It is up to the individual to choose recovery as a way of life.
Non-judgmental CPSs honor the individual for who they are.
Empathetic CPSs care about the individual and can relate, through lived experience, to what the individual is going through.
Respectful CPSs respect the individual for who they are.
Honest and direct communication CPSs speak their truth so the individual can achieve their recovery goals.
Mutual responsibility It is a shared relationship between the individual and the CPS.
Sharing power Facilitate contacts with other people to promote learning of social and recreational skills, create community, and acquire a sense of belonging.
Reciprocal Recovery is about giving and receiving equally to help each other.