At CODAC, we know the importance of having a strong support system when it comes to recovery. This is why we have Peer Support Specialists to be your partner in recovery.
A Peer Support Specialist is someone employed in the behavioral health field with first-hand knowledge of recovery from addiction or mental illness.
CODAC’s Peer Support Specialists come from diverse lived experiences of recovery; from homelessness, to mental illness, to twenty-year long struggles with addiction. The most admirable trait of each Peer Support Specialist is that they chose the field of peer support because they desire to make a positive impact in your life.
There are Peer Support Specialists at each of our treatment centers to provide support and help you meet your needs. Here are a few ways that your Peer Support Specialist may be able to help you!
- Provide peer support through your recovery journey.
- Help you navigate Tucson's transportation systems.
- Go to primary care appointments with you.
- Show you how to best use your CODAC treatment site.
- Support you in Adult Recovery Team meetings.
- Help you locate 12-step support groups and healthy activities.
- Help answer questions about housing.
- Provide guidance on how you can stretch your food budget.
- Help you complete documents and paperwork.
- Connect you with help to gain recovery and employment-related skills.
- Support you at behavioral health appointments.
- And more!
Peer Support Specialists also facilitate a variety of support groups depending on your recovery goals. Here are a few of the groups that are currently offered:
Talk about where your anger comes from, work together in a trusting and non-judgmental group setting and find new solutions on how to better handle anger.
Breaking through the Blues
Get an understanding of depression/manic depression and develop a recovery action plan. Learn how to improve your life and develop new ways of thinking. Utilize new relaxation techniques and learn skills to build a strong support system.
Understand anxiety disorders and learn ways to cope with anxiety and fear.
Learn the essentials for building healthy relationships whether they are romantic, friendships, work related or others.
Motivation for Change
A motivational group to empower growth through peer support and positive change.
Learn new ways of handling challenges involved with long-term sobriety. Learn healthy alternative behaviors to prevent drug and alcohol relapse.
Be independent from addictive behaviors. SMART Recovery teaches empowerment through enhancing motivation, coping with urges, managing thoughts, and learning how to live a more balanced life.
Learn how to cope with anxiety and depression symptoms.
Whole Health Action Management (WHAM)
Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) promotes whole-person health by reviewing topics such as improving eating habits, physical activity, positive thinking, and sense of purpose and meaning in life.
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is a self-structured system for learning skills for dealing with emotional and physical difficulties.
If you would like to meet with a Peer Support Specialist, simply ask your treatment team or a Membership Specialist at the front desk.