Behavioral Health Business February 14, 2024
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Certified peer support specialists are quickly becoming an essential part of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment in the United States.

Having gone through the recovery process successfully, peer support workers are driven to help others facing similar hardships in their lives. Addiction rehabilitation centers are now relying more on that connection and experience to create effective programs.

At the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Chicago, peer recovery specialists are used to complement continuing care and recovery support services, and to provide training across the country incorporating the approach into recovery-oriented systems of care, according to Bob Poznanovich, the organization’s chief business growth officer.

Certified peer recovery specialists have become a vital component in the Foundation’s continuum by “providing support and...

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