At Inspiro Recovery, our mission is to GUIDE our peers who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction to find and maintain long-term recovery.
What's in a name?
The Latin the word ‘spiro’ translates to 'breath of life.' A similar Italian word 'spero' means ‘hope’. At Inspiro Recovery, we know from personal experience that both breath and hope are essential to recovery. We have been there. We understand. So, let us help.
Sober Companion are a Peer Recovery Support Service
Inspiro Recovery provides Sober Companions services that are used to engage social support through our 'peer recovery support', which is designed to fill the needs of people in or seeking recovery. As the word peer implies, peer recovery support services are designed and delivered by people who have experienced both substance use disorder and recovery. Through the collective of our lived experience, we can help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse.
Our services are designed and delivered by Coaches, Companions and Peers who have been successful in the recovery process, they embody a powerful message of hope, as well as a wealth of experiential knowledge. The services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking to achieve or sustain recovery.
A person in early recovery is often faced with the need to abandon friends and/or social networks that promote and help sustain a substance use disorder, but has no alternatives to put in their place that support recovery. Inspiros Sober Companion support service providers can help such peers make new friends and begin to build alternative social networks. These activities provide a sense of acceptance and belonging to a group, as well as the opportunity to practice new social skills.
The Adaptability of Peer Recovery Support Services
One strength of Sober Companion Peer Recovery Support Services has been their adaptability to many stages and modalities of recovery, as well as to different service settings and organizational contexts. This adaptability makes them an effective vehicle for extending support for recovery beyond the treatment system and into the communities where people live and to people following different pathways to recovery.
Focus on Strengths and Resiliencies
Our Sober Companion, Sober Coaching and Peer Recovery Support Services incorporates a strengths perspective built on people’s resiliencies and capacities rather than providing services focused primarily on correcting their deficits, disabilities, or problems. Emphasis is on uncovering, reaffirming, and enhancing the abilities, interests, knowledge, resources, aspirations, and hopes of individuals, families, groups, and communities. This approach assumes that the ability to recognize one’s own strengths and identify internal and external resources enhances a person’s chances of success in setting and achieving goals and in realizing his or her aspirations.
Self-Direction, Empowerment, and Choice
Embedded in the values of our peer recovery support services is a philosophy of self-direction, choice, and empowerment. The many pathways to recovery are acknowledged, the person seeking recovery is assumed to be fully capable of making informed choices, and his or her preferences are respected.
The Many Values of Sober Companion Peer Recovery Support Services
Historically, the substance use disorder and recovery field led the way in recognizing the importance of peer support services for a person seeking to come to terms with a life-changing condition. Utilization of peer support is, by now, a common practice in many fields. In the medical world of today, for example, there is scarcely a specialty where peer support is not recognized as a valuable adjunct to professional medical and social interventions. Improved outcomes are particularly notable when peer support services are provided to people with chronic conditions that require long-term self-management.