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Research shows peer support can significantly reduce relapse

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/bismarck/peer-support-helps-those-in-grip-of-addiction/article_148deb70-091b-5cf1-8f92-589c7fdebee3.html

Peer specialists use their experiences of recovery from an addiction or mental illness, and, through formal training, are able to support others in a behavioral health setting.

In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the use of peer support services within treatment settings to assist in recovery. Recent research shows peer support can significantly reduce relapse.

“Their role is to connect people with resources in the community,” said Ike Powell, director of training for Georgia-based Appalachian Consulting Group Inc., which is hosting the training in Bismarck.