Ex-addicts trained as peer advocates to help New Yorkers struggling with addiction

Ex-addicts trained as peer advocates to help New Yorkers struggling with addition

This article has been re-shared from it’s original source at New York Daily News written on January 15, 2017 by Erin Durkin

The city is training former drug and alcohol abusers to help New Yorkers struggling with the same demons.

The new “peer advocate” program prepares New Yorkers who have kicked substance abuse disorders, or whose family members have struggled with addiction, to land jobs in hospitals and treatment centers.

“For those struggling with substance misuse, the support and understanding of people who have gone through recovery can make all the difference,” said city First Lady Chirlane McCray, who has made mental health and substance abuse her key issues.

“This program will add counselors in all of the five boroughs for those seeking rehabilitation from substance misuse, and provide these counselors with the opportunity to give back to their brothers and sisters in need.”