People don't always need advice.
Sometimes all they really need is a hand to hold, an ear to listen and a heart to understand them.

Peer2Peer Support

OhioCAN Peer support services are delivered by individuals who have common life experiences with the people they are serving. People with mental and/or substance use disorders have a unique capacity to help each other based on a shared affiliation and a deep understanding of this experience. In self-help and mutual support, people offer this support, strength, and hope to their peers, which allows for personal growth, wellness promotion, and recovery.

Research has shown that peer support facilitates recovery and reduces health care costs. Peers also provide assistance that promotes a sense of belonging within the community. The ability to contribute to and enjoy one’s community is key to recovery and well-being. Another critical component that peers provide is the development of self-efficacy through role modeling and assisting peers with ongoing recovery through mastery of experiences and finding meaning, purpose, and social connections in their lives.

OhioCAN peer support groups are developed based on our mission; Embrace, Educate and Empower those whose lives have been impacted by substance use. Our vision; Bringing your voice to addiction and recovery. OhioCAN utilizes evidence-based practices when supporting families. The most important element in starting a new meeting is the desire to make it happen. A shared goal between two or more people working together works best.

Peer support has four core functions:

Assistance in daily management
Peer supporters use their own experiences in helping people figure out how to manage their daily lives. They can also help in identifying key resources.

Social and emotional support
Through empathetic listening and encouragement, peer supporters are an integral part of helping to cope with social or emotional barriers, shame and stigma.

Linkages to clinical care  and community resources
Peer supporters can help bridge the gap between individuals and health professionals and encourage individuals to seek out clinical and community resources when it is appropriate.

Ongoing support, extended over time
Peer supporters successfully keep engaged by providing proactive, flexible, and continual long-term follow-up.

Peer support is frequent, ongoing, accessible and flexible. Peer support can take many forms – phone calls, text messaging, group meetings, home visits, going for walks together, and even grocery shopping. It complements and enhances other health care services by creating the emotional, social and practical assistance necessary for managing the disease and staying healthy.