Recovering from addiction can feel like the weight of the world is on one’s shoulders, so CAT has created a system to take some of the weight off. The Peer Mentor Program, introduced in 2013, partners a select group of individuals who have achieved recovery and now live in celebration of sobriety with our recovering patients. These mentors connect personally with recovering patients through shared experiences and provide patients with support through education and assisstance on reaching recovery.
Our mentor's role is to support and advocate for our patients and their sobriety. Because of their personal experiences with dependencies, our mentors understand and empathize with our patients in ways that people who have not suffered with addiciton cannot, and they do so on a one-to-one basis. Mentors listen to our patients, share stories and provide the information and resources necessary to empower the mentees to problem-solve. In short, our mentors serve as bridges that can carry our patients from treatment to the recovery community.
As part of this process, our Peer Mentors guide and encourage mentees to participate in all recovery options beneficial to the patient, including CAT Continuing Care, CAT Alumni & Friends, and 12-Step recovery programs. These support systems are what helps create a solid foundation for the patient who is new to recovery.
CAT assigns Peer Mentors to those patients who are determined to benefit from the services.
To learn more about becoming a Peer Mentor, please contact Barb Walkenhorst, Recovery Coach at (513) 381-6672 Ext. 168.