Peer Recovery Support Services Across the Continuum: In Community, Hospital, Corrections, and Treatment and Recovery Agency Settings-A Narrative Review

Erin Stack, Christi Hildebran, Gillian Leichtling, Elizabeth Needham Waddell, Judith M. Leahy, Eric Martin, Phillip Todd Korthuis

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Abstract

In this narrative review, we outline the literature describing the history, training, certification, and role of peer recovery support specialists working with people with substance use disorders at different stages of active use and recovery. We explore the impact of peer recovery support specialists serving people in various settings, including the community, hospitals and emergency departments, jails and prisons, and treatment and recovery agencies; and describes considerations for future expansion of peer recovery support services, including supervision needs, compassion fatigue and burnout, and scope of practice. Finally, we make recommendations to support the broad implementation of peer recovery support services as a sustainable, cohesive, and replicable component of harm reduction and addiction services. We also make recommendations for research to continue to evaluate peer recovery support specialist interventions across settings and outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-100
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of addiction medicine
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • mentors
  • peer recovery support specialists
  • peers
  • recovery
  • substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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