What is Peer Support?

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Let’s talk peer support.

What exactly is it? Peer support is a type of treatment through which peer supporters share experiences, knowledge, understanding and support as a way of helping others during eating disorder and/or addiction recovery. Peer supporters are those in recovery who now walk beside others who are still struggling. Peer Supporters share stories of their own lived experiences with an eating disorder/addiction while mentoring, guiding and simply listening to those who often feel no one understands them.

Peer supporters are the only ones to understand what you are going through. They are here to remind you that you are not alone and to serve as an example that full recovery is possible. It is as simple as that.

 

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At HHRR, we fully accept and appreciate that slips and slides are inevitable; our peer supporters have been through these slips and slides as well! Throughout each day, we face many difficult decisions: decisions about what to eat, how much to eat and when to eat. Decisions about whether to go to a meeting or not, whether to pick up the phone and ask for help, and whether to listen to or disobey those automatic negative thoughts.

We opened HHRR to assist each client in making these tough decisions, one decision at a time. 

Who We Serve

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Teens
  • Young adults
  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • BIPOC
  • LGBTQ+
  • Men
  • Parents
  • Spouses
  • People of all faiths

Our Approach To Recovery

Hull House Real Recovery focuses on three essential tools to build meaningful recovery for individuals with eating disorders and addictions.

Accountability

We believe accountability is a powerful tool in motivating us to make permanent changes in our daily lives. We collaborate with our clients to set realistic daily goals to keep them on track and moving toward their dreams. Rather than listen to the eating disorder or addiction, we help clients listen to those who have gone before them (our peer supporters), those who love them and understand them (family and friends), and those who will help them combat those voices telling them they are not good enough or deserving enough (their outside clinical team).

Connection

We believe that by creating a positive, safe, and supportive environment, our clients will develop and maintain new and healthy responses to everyday situations that once triggered addictive and self-destructive behaviors.

Hull House Real Recovery allows our clients to connect daily with others who appreciate and relate to the unique challenges of having an eating disorder and/or addiction, a critical component of making lasting changes in behaviors, thoughts, and feelings.

Love

We believe that giving love to clients is the best way to help them kick their eating disorder and/or addiction to the curb. We encourage our clients to accept our loving support, and we value love from our clients in return.

Hull House Real Recovery provides a loving environment where clients and peer supporters can bond over their shared experiences. Love comes in many forms; the HHRR staff and peer supporters offer it in ways that many clients have never experienced.

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We need talent, become a volunteer today! As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charity, your donations will help participants receive the treatment they need and help them on their road to recovery and the life they want and deserve.

 

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