Peer support offers a new level of understanding of ourselves, and of others. It is the most human way to connect with others who share similar experiences.
There IS Hope! This is the most important message in Peer Support. Being able to see, hear, and listen to others who have overcome addiction and mental illness is the best message of hope that someone in recovery treatment can experience. When a person has entered treatment for recover they may see themselves far from the ultimate goal of an addiction-free life, but seeing and listening to others who have made it from treatment to recovery gives them the motivation that they too can recover.
Sharing your experiences in a Support Group helps you reinforce your own determination to reach and maintain long-term recovery, as well as help others who are struggling to rid themselves of addiction or manage mental illness. You never know when your words are going to be the catalyst for someone who desperately needs help.
In a Peer Support environment people get to learn about different life situations in general, but specifically they learn successful tactics and techniques that help an individual deal with and manage the sudden onset of stress, or how to overcome cravings and thoughts of using. In a peer support atmosphere people are more easily inclined to share about themselves and have open discussions where they learn things they did not know before.