What do you call people who use their individual experience overcoming crisis, depression, and addictions to help others find the road to wellness? Lutheran Family Services Southeast Nebraska office calls them Peer Support Recovery Specialists; The Kim Foundation calls them awesome! During our recent broadcast our guests spoke of being lost, homeless, hopeless, manipulators of family and friends, irresponsible, and often in jail. Although not a good beginning, from these challenges came the will to help others.
Because of their participation in recovery programs, their courage, changed attitudes, and values, and because they had the desire to take the ugly in their life and turn it into a calling to help others, our guests are now role models for their peers. As Peer Support Recovery Specialists, they have the words and the life experience to help others find their own inner strength needed to begin healing. They have bruised but healing hearts that allow them to facilitate communication amongst individuals, families, and even service providers. Their work involves enabling people to overcome harmful behaviors and addictions; their personal story gives them authenticity, and their journey models resiliency, self respect, and hope for everyone’s future.
To hear more about how Peer Support Recovery Specialists use their experiences to help others, click on the play button below to listen to the January 25 Not Alone broadcast, or download it and listen later. You will need to download multiple tracks of this broadcast to listen to the full program. To listen to past broadcasts, visit The Kim Foundation Web site Not Alone Archive page.
Airing every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (CST on station KCRO, channel 660 AM based out of Omaha, Neb.), Not Alone is a live talk radio program focused on behavioral health and recovery. Developed by The Kim Foundation through the support of C&A Industries, Inc., Not Alone works to reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness. The show seeks to assure individuals, families, and communities that they are not alone, mental illness affects us all, hosting a variety of guest from across the country.