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Peer support workers are people who have been successful in the recovery process who help others experiencing similar situations. Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, peer support workers help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse. Peer support services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking a successful, sustained recovery process. The PIER Recovery Community offers a strengths based approach to its recovery services.


The Peer Support Specialist focuses on achieving any goals important to the individual. The peer asks questions and offers suggestions to help the person in recovery begin to take the lead in addressing his/her recovery needs. Peer support specialists focuses on honoring values and making principle-based decisions, creating a clear plan of action, and using current strengths to reach future goals. They also serve as an accountability partner to help the person sustain his/her recovery. 

The Peers at the PIER Recovery Community Center also assist with:

  • Developing a wellness or recovery plan.

  • Help to initiate and sustain an individual/family in their recovery from substance use or addiction.

  • Promote recovery by removing barriers and obstacles to recovery.

  • Serve as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking, or already in recovery.

  • Help a participant find resources for harm reduction, detox, treatment, family support and education, local or online support groups; or help a participant create a change plan to recover on their own.

  • Help individuals find ways to stop using (abstinence), or reduce the harm associated with addictive behaviors.

Peer support specialists also work with individuals beyond recovery initiation through stabilization and recovery maintenance. They function as a guide to help with decision-making and support steps toward recovery. Certified peer support specialists do not provide clinical services — (primary treatment for addiction, diagnosis) and recognize that there are many pathways to recovery. 

Enroll at The PIER Community Center | 859.547.6539

Enrollments & Sessions are by appointment only! You have the option of meeting with your peer support specialist via Zoom, over the phone, or face to face.


The PIER Recovery Community Center does not provide treatment services, clinical support services, recommendations for specific programs or providers, diagnosis, or referrals to clinicians or treatment facilities. We do not have clinicians available on-hand. If you are in crisis and need help right away, please dial 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.

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