I find that peer-based recovery services are especially important in Medication-Assisted Treatment because not only is MAT not always well understood or received in the 12-step community, but the very successful methadone patients are not around the clinic much so new patients do not have close contact with role models. The peer-based program at the clinic site provides important tools for empowerment, self-determination and choice.
After the Beyond MARS™ training, my implementation team was so well prepared and excited that we were immediately able to establish our own MARS™ program. It has been so successful that we will be presenting our effort at the upcoming AATOD conference in Philadelphia (November 2013). It’s great to be part of the MARS™ Community!