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Peer addiction counseling helping to address opioid epidemic

February 27, 2018 – Spreading the word that recovery from the disease of addiction is possible motivates families struggling with addiction to encourage their loved ones to seek treatment.

No better example than those who are thriving after treatment and living in recovery. The Allentown Morning Call has more on the growing number of certified recovery specialists, a title offered by the Pennsylvania Certification Board. Every certified recovery specialist is in long-term recovery:

As the opioid crisis grows, so has the number of people working with addicts. Ten years ago, there were seven certified recovery specialists in the Lehigh Valley, now there are 41, a nearly 500 percent increase.

To become a certified recovery specialist, applicants must be in long-term recovery from drug addiction, pass exams and complete 54 hours of training on topics such as recovery management, addiction advocacy, confidentiality and ethics.

The training program has been around since 2008, said Mary Jo Mather, executive director of the Pennsylvania Certification Board. Most who enroll consider themselves a link in a chain of addiction recovery.

Malvern Institute: We Give Hope

If you or a loved one are living with addiction, we can help. Learn about Malvern Intervention Services or the Malvern Model Of Care by calling 610.MALVERN (610.625.8376).

Read the full story from the Allentown Morning Call.


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