PEER SUPPORT SERVICES
CAPSA is working to develop and implement peer support services in Ottawa and surrounding region. Currently, we host a weekly peer recovery group for individuals affected by addiction called All People All Pathways. We plan to introduce other peer-focused initiatives in the near future.
ALL PEOPLE ALL PATHWAYS
The purpose of our weekly peer recovery group is for individuals affected by addiction to share their experiences about what has helped them on their journey, and provide a safe and aware environment for those seeking help to ask questions, free from stigma or discrimination. Our meetings are facilitated by peer professionals on a voluntary basis.
Each week, our meeting focuses on a different topic. There will be an educational component followed by discussion. The last meeting of the month will feature an invited guest. Those in attendance are encouraged to ask questions or provide suggestions based on their personal experience. There will also be opportunities to participate in volunteer activities in our broader community.
Our group is inclusive of all individuals in or seeking recovery from all forms of addiction, their families, allies, and professionals. All are welcome to attend our meetings.
ALL ARE WELCOME: Individuals in or seeking recovery from all forms of addiction, family members, allies, friends and professionals.
WHAT ARE PEER SUPPORT SERVICES?
Peer support services are delivered by individuals who have common life experiences with the people they are serving. People with substance-based or behavioural addictions have a unique capacity to help each other based on a shared affiliation and a deep understanding of this experience. In self-help and mutual support, people offer this support, strength, and hope to their peers, which allows for personal growth, wellness promotion, and recovery.
Research has shown that peer support facilitates recovery and reduces health care costs. Peers also provide assistance that promotes a sense of belonging within the community. The ability to contribute to and enjoy one’s community is key to recovery and well-being. Another critical component that peers provide is the development of self-efficacy through role modelling and assisting peers with ongoing recovery through mastery of experiences and finding meaning, purpose, and social connections in their lives.
Examples of peer recovery support services include:
- Peer mentoring or coaching—developing a one-on-one relationship in which a peer leader with recovery experience encourages, motivates, and supports a peer in recovery
- Peer recovery resource connecting—connecting the peer with professional and nonprofessional services and resources available in the community
- Recovery group facilitation—facilitating or leading recovery-oriented group activities, including support groups and educational activities
- Building community—helping peers make new friends and build healthy social networks through emotional, instrumental, informational, and affiliation types of peer support