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Peer Recovery Support

When it comes to recovery, we understand that few things are as powerful as the support and guidance of someone who has lived through it.

During your treatment experience at Wayside, you will be connected with a Peer Recovery Specialist – someone who can say, I’ve been where you are, and I am proof that recovery is possible.

what is peer recovery support

Peer Recovery Specialists speak from their own personal experience, but they are also specially trained to guide you through your unique recovery needs and journey. With their 1 on 1 support, you will build a strong foundation for a lifetime of sobriety and learn new ways of engaging with your children, family and the community.

Your Peer Recovery Specialist can:

  • Offer you support, encouragement and personal mentorship in setting recovery goals
  • Connect you to recovery resources like finding AA/NA meetings, a sponsor or other community support groups
  • Assist (along with your case manager) in accessing housing and food assistance, transportation, childcare and more
  • Help navigate community resources

Wayside also co-sponsors regular peer support continuing education sessions. During these meetings, Peer Recovery Support Specialists connect with each other to learn new skills and tools, so that they can continue to bring you the best possible advice, care and support.


Wayside Recovery Center has a recovery services department, which includes case managers and peer recovery specialists who will work closely with each woman to develop a thorough aftercare plan, and provide housing resources before leaving treatment. Wayside has a superb recovery maintenance program to support women after they leave the residential treatment setting. Learn more about Recovery Services.

Wayside has two levels of intensity. In our high intensity program, women receive 30-40 hours of treatment per week. In our medium intensity program, women receive 15-30 hours. Outpatient provides high intensity programming. Women can receive up to 14 hours a week.

Yes. We are committed to respecting and supporting the health of individuals across the spectrums of gender and sexuality. We recognize that cisgender women, trans women and non-binary people have mental health and recovery needs that our programs and services address. Only recently have women’s behavioral health needs been recognized as unique and requiring a different treatment approach than the standard treatment developed by and for men in the majority culture. We specialize in gender-specific care in recognition of these needs, but our treatment and services are inclusive of all people and gender-affirming.