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Peer Support On The Journey To Recovery

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One tool in the fight against overdose deaths is mentors who can share their stories of recovery from addiction. Known as peer recovery coaches, these individuals are trained to offer a helping hand and listening ear to patients who might be struggling with drugs or alcohol.

Social worker manager Cassandra Dobbs gives us an overview of the peer recovery program at Saint Agnes Health Institute. And coach Rodney James says that his experience of relapse and recovery can help him connect with patients who are considering treatment.

Learn more about SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment). Click here to find resources for treatment across the state.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.