Do’s and Don’ts of Peer Support

Peer supporters serve to guide their peers toward the many pathways to recovery. They do not endorse any specific way of achieving or maintaining sobriety, abstinence, or serenity or of reducing the negative effects from substance use disorders. Since peer supporters are non-clinical staff who often work in a clinical setting, peer support remains as an ambiguous role for many service providers. Understanding the characteristics of peer support is imperative so that the unique value of peer support is not squandered by providers who view peer supporters as case managers.

The following matrix examines the do’s and don’ts of peer support so the recovery community can begin to understand that the role of peer support serves to enhance a person’s personal pathway to recovery, rather than blindly doing whatever the treatment team desires or being bombarded with case management tasks.

Source: Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition. (n.d.). Ethical Guide for Peer Recovery Support Services. Indiana Associations of Peer Recovery Support Services. https://www.iaprss.org/docs/Peer_Ethics_Publication-FINAL.pdf

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