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Peer-led treatment is based on the premise that individuals in recovery helping others pursue their recovery foster hope and optimism that those who bear a wound are most sensitive to those who have a similar wound. In this context, the wounded healers provide a unique skill and knowledge as well as social support before, during, and after treatment to facilitate long-term recovery in the community. Peer-led treatment emerged in part as a response to the social stigma attached to addiction and mental health disorders and the history of service exclusion. There is a growing body of literature describing the benefits of peer-led treatment in the behavioral health and addictions field and for people living with many medical conditions. Hope for recovery may be most likely ...

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