The Oneida County Opioid Task Force today announced the creation of a Peer Alliance Program that will provide training and support to individuals in recovery so that they can help others with Substance Use Disorder find their own pathway to recovery.
“Through personal insight, empathy, hope and honesty, the support of a peer professional can resonate in very effective ways,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., Co-Chair of the Opioid Task Force. “We celebrate those in recovery who have transformed their lives, and we thank those using their experience to help save the lives of others. Our Task Force has seen the powerful and positive influence peers can have on others in our post-overdose outreach program. The Peer Alliance Program covers the costs for participants to receive training, work experience and the self-care support needed to accomplish this invaluable work.”
In addition to the Opioid Task Force’s teams that address prevention, treatment and overdose response, it also has a Recovery Team focused on initiatives that provide support for those in recovery including leveraging the power of peer recovery advocates or individuals with “lived experience” to help others with SUD.