Peer Support Recovery Service

Jason Award for peer support

What is Peer Support?

Peer-based recovery support is the process of giving and receiving non-clinical assistance to achieve long-term recovery from mental health, physical health, substance use and or addiction issues. This support is provided by people who are experientially credentialed and trained to assist others in initiating recovery, maintaining recovery, and enhancing the quality of personal time and family life in long-term recovery.

-Montana Peer Network

Why Use Peer Support?

Increase knowledge of disease
Increase life expectancy
Lower Depression
Raise Self-Esteem
Improves ability to Succeed
Explore paths to spiritual wellness
Learn new paths to Recovery
Become self-aware

Definition of a Peer

Peer is defined as a person of equal standing. In the context of providing Peer Support, the word Peer is used in a broader sense to refer to people who share in common a mutual lived experience. However, in the field of recovery worker education, it is necessary to define peer in a stricter sense as someone who is either a co-worker or a person who works in a similar organizational background, or someone of the same generation or cultural background who has suffered the effects of mental illness, substance use and or addiction.

Come in  or call to make an appointment with our peer support specialists:

Appointments  –  406-442-9244 ext. 313
Jason McNees  –  406-442-9244 ext. 202