Staff Spotlight: Supporting Recovery through Peer Support

Angela, Peer Support SupervisorAngela Moore recognizes the importance of seeing the whole person when working in the field of recovery support -- not just a label.

"There is more to my identity than being an addict," she says.

For Angela, learning the value of her self-worth ignited the determination she needed to tackle a fourteen-year battle with drug addiction.

Now three years sober, Angela was recently promoted to Peer Support Supervisor at CODAC's Cobblestone Court site. She oversees a team of six peer support staff and has the first-hand experience that allows her to excel at providing compassionate, trauma-informed support.

"When you come for help or services, it is critical that you are able to connect with someone on an intimate level of having really understood your experience," says Angela.

Her personal struggles with addiction, trauma, and homelessness are no longer barriers; they now create a pathway for open communication and a safe space to nurture and guide others who are in similar situations.

Having been on the other side of that desk herself, Angela remembers what helped her the most when beginning her journey.

"I learned many different tools from many different programs throughout that time and I never realized that I had to apply those tools outside of the recovery room. I learned from the other people who had years of sobriety," she says.

Though she never intended to pursue a career in peer support, Angela shares that there are many rewards that come with this type of job.

"There are times when I can see that a member is really listening and has absorbed what was said. You can literally see a shift in them when they really feel that they can change," she says.

Angela is motivated by supporting members through these positive changes because she knows first-hand that change is possible.

"Anyone can listen, but when someone absorbs what is being said to them, a seed is planted that recovery is possible for them too."

Tippy Atkins, Recovery Support Coordinator, commends Angela for her tireless dedication to CODAC.  "From day one, Angela has been so dedicated to this organization. It has been amazing to see her growth in such a short time both professionally and personally," says Tippy.

More about Angela:

  • Angela is a proud mother to her ten-year-old daughter Lexi.
  • She is a licensed nail technician and enjoys being creative with fun nail designs when she isn't working at CODAC.
  • Angela enjoys watching cartoons as a form of self-care and stress relief. Her personal favorite is "SpongeBob SquarePants."