Peer support is born from two people who can relate with one another due to similar or shared lived experience. These services may not be clinical, but there have been plenty of favorable research outcomes supporting the benefits of peer-to-peer services. At the center of peer support, coaching, or mentoring, is a sense of greater empathy shared between the peers due to their personal understanding of what the other has been through.

Peer Coaching


Many employed peer workers must become Certified Peer Support Specialists (which all of USARA’s peer coaches are). The training is meant for individuals in long term recovery who desire to help others who are: 1- contemplating recovery, 2- in the continuum of clinical treatment, or 3- exiting court mandates and/or criminal justice involvement, 4- feeling overwhelmed. Coaches provide services designed to assist peers by helping them identify and overcome barriers to their success in recovery. They help their peers become aware of and utilize their many strengths to get their lives back on track, and point out available resources in their communities that can help on their journey.

Peer Support


The purpose of peer recovery support services is to provide hope to those still struggling, and to help them stay in recovery, thus reducing the likelihood of relapse. The powerful message of hope, combined with the experiences of peers who have been successful in their recovery efforts, equals limitless possibilities to what we (as a community) can accomplish. These services transcend the clinical aspect of substance use disorder treatment, and help people in recovery (re)integrate into society.

What type of Peer Recovery Support Services are offered at USARA?  USARA offers a variety of peer support groups and trainings such as: