At the Recovery Point family of organizations, our social model of recovery relies on the strength and power of the lived experience of others seeking and sustaining recovery from people with substance use disorder. There is tremendous value in the experience of having “been there and done that”.
Working the Twelve Steps pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous in a facility that features community-style living, those early in recovery witness ﬁrst-hand the beneﬁts of a person with substance use disorder working closely with another. This is peer-to-peer recovery at its ﬁnest. AA discovered the power in the sharing of experiences, and today we continue that legacy with our Peer Mentors.
Recent alumni of Phase I of our program, Peer Mentors move into a position of leadership and act as guides for those who are in the early stages of our curriculum. By facilitating classes and meeting with a caseload of eight to ten clients at least one time per week, Peer Mentors show clients how to seek and sustain recovery one day at a time.
Peer Mentors receive all room, board, and meals in addition to being paid a stipend every week. They also continue to attend outside AA or NA meetings and community meetings for Peer Mentors, where they can hold themselves and others accountable.
Quality growth comes from working closely with others as a Peer Mentor, and that growth is reﬂected in the transition from being a program client to a working member of society in Phase II of the program.