In early 2016, Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency (FLACRA) began a new program to help recovering addicts maintain their sobriety with the coaching and support of fellow addicts; addicts who have attained a level of commitment to their own sobriety, and who have been trained to help others negotiate a path through the pitfalls of recovery.
Certified Recovery Peer Advocates are people with life experience with substance use, and they use that first-hand knowledge to support the recovery goals of those using drugs and/or alcohol.
Lynn Seaward, Director of Community-Based Services for FLACRA, explains that in this evidence-based practice, Peers are natural support experts. “The relationships they establish can lead to increased feelings of support, safety, and well-being among the individuals they serve. Through a combination of lived experience and professional training, Peers can provide an array of services to treatment program participants.”