You are concerned about your loved one
Our mission of Accountability, Connection, and Love guides us in all we do and every plan and policy we put in place at HHRR. Like life, all of it is fluid; we will modify and rework things as we go, as each client presents their individual needs and challenges.
We know first hand how difficult it can be to witness a loved one struggling with an eating disorder and/or addiction and be unable to fully understand what they are going through. Fortunately, our peer supporters do understand what they are going through. Our peer supporters are here to remind them that they are not alone and to serve as an example that recovery is possible.
Peer support has been around for almost 100 years and has been used in the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) program since 1937. However, research is only just emerging around the benefits that peer support has on recovery from an eating disorder. As more peer support programs continue to gain popularity, studies are continuing to develop, highlighting the importance of a peer support treatment model.
Recovery takes courage, effort and a team! Our role is to assist our clients by providing support, guidance and an environment where they are heard in times when they feel misunderstood the most.
Interested in getting started? Here is how the process works:
- Complete the client inquiry form.
- Become matched with one our trained peer supporters.
- Review and sign necessary documents:
- Release of information to ensure that the client’s primary treatment team can be contacted in the case of an emergency.
- Confidentiality agreement form to ensure that confidentiality is being protected by HHRR and our clients.
- Contract agreement between the client and their assigned peer supporter to ensure that healthy boundaries are put in place and respected.
HHRR is not a treatment center; instead, it is safe space for people struggling with an eating disorder and/or addiction to come to as they find their footing in recovery, in addition to their outside treatment team. Our team of peer supporters walk beside our clients, dispelling myths about ourselves and ours diseases and instilling hope and confidence. Peer supporters lend understanding, acceptance, validation, empathy and empowerment to clients on their recovery journey.
Success at HHRR requires that we have a strong line of communication between the client, peer supporter, the client’s outside clinical treatment team, and the client’s family when possible. Communication is a crucial piece of success of any recovery journey.
Family and friends are a big part of recovery
We will involve client’s families to the extent that the client allows. If a client is interested, HHRR will support family involvement whenever possible; we will work with families and clients to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
Slips and slides occur in recovery; we must accept this truth. Our mission at HHRR is to support each client in preventing slips and slides. If and when they do occur, we will assist each client in getting back on track. We will love each client through such challenging times and support them in finding solid ground. Accountability is part of the support that we provide. In the instance of a slip, we will contact the client’s outside clinical team and/or family if we feel it is necessary. We will never “kick someone out” of our peer support program for relapse if we feel that this program is a good fit for them. However, if a client’s’ behaviors are putting themselves, other client’s, or staff at risk, we will have to discuss other treatment options.