Frequently Asked Questions

What is Recovery?

  • A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. [SAMHSA]
  • A voluntarily maintained lifestyle characterized by sobriety, personal health, and citizenship. [Betty Ford Center]

What are the Guiding Principles of Recovery?

  • There are many pathways to recovery.
  • Recovery is self-directed and empowering.
  • Recovery involves a personal recognition of the need for change and transformation.
  • Recovery is holistic.
  • Recovery has cultural dimensions.
  • Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and wellness.
  • Recovery is supported by peers and allies.
  • Recovery emerges from hope and gratitude.
  • Recovery involves a process of healing and self-redefinition.
  • Recovery involves addressing discrimination and transcending shame and stigma.
  • Recovery involves re-joining and re-building a life in the community.
  • Recovery is a reality. It can, will, and does happen.

[CSAT White Paper: Guiding Principles and Elements of Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care]

What are Peer Support Services?

Our WV-certified Peer Recovery Coaches will interact directly with women, both individually and in small groups, to fill the gaps in the continuum of care by providing pre-treatment outreach services and post-treatment peer support services necessary to sustain long-term recovery. Peer Support Services are designed to:

  • Foster hope by sharing the lived experience of success in overcoming addiction. Serve as a role model for effective strategies, tools, and skills to prevent relapse.
  • Provide outreach, information, and referral services. Support, encourage, and advocate for women who are placed on long waitlists for addictions treatment.
  • Empower recovery self-management. Assist in development of individualized recovery and wellness goals. Provide accountability in monitoring progress.
  • Promote the development of healthy relationships and important social support networks in the local recovery community. Connect participants with various 12-step/recovery support groups, both secular and faith-based.
  • Provide low-level, community-based case management. Assist participants in identify-ing their most basic needs (treatment, mental health services, housing, etc.) and in accessing important social services and resources in the local community.
  • Assist families, non-peer supporters, and the general public to understand the insidious nature of addiction, the importance of peer support services, and the value of knowledge based in the lived experience of individuals in recovery.
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