Peer Recovery

Peer to Peer

In order to promote healthy connections and successful reentry into society, community integration and connection are essential. The goal is to build a network of support that provides individuals with the resources they need to achieve long-term recovery.

Peer recovery specialists and coordinators play an important role in helping individuals build strong networks of support within their communities. This includes providing access to “recovery capital” as well as other forms of support. Creating an environment where individuals can receive the necessary assistance and guidance needed for successful reentry produces stronger community connections that promote long-term recovery.

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Peer Recovery Services

Do you know what Peer Recovery Services are?

Peer Support Specialists are people who have maintained long-term sobriety and can use their firsthand knowledge to connect clients with the programs and community resources they need to succeed in their recovery. A Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) assists people, recovering from substance use disorder, in identifying their abilities and using them to improve their life. They support and advocate for individuals, while developing goals and implementing a plan of action that will establish and provide sustainable recovery from substances. Any adult (18 years or older) seeking recovery who has behavioral health issues (substance use and/or mental health needs) can get peer help from a CPRS.

Peer Recovery Support Mentors

The mentorship program at Damascus is a game-changer. Former alums and members of the community come together to help those in recovery, building strong bonds that will last long after their involvement with Damascus Way ends. The aim is to create lasting relationships which will serve as a solid foundation for continued progress towards healing and growth. Mentors are an invaluable resource when it comes to recovery and community connection. They offer crucial guidance, wise advice, and constructive feedback that can help you achieve your goals faster. Not only that, but they also serve as outstanding role models, spiritual guides, and powerful allies in promoting positive long-term change in your life.

Recovery Support

Recovery and Reentry Support Line

Are you struggling in your long-term recovery? Do you need access to resources to start or enhance your recovery journey? Call our recovery and reentry support line for assistance. Available for calls form 8am- 4pm.

Call 763.299.0806 for questions or support!

Naloxone Access Point

A report for the Center for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics stated that overdose deaths for Opioids have an estimated increase from 70,029 in 2020 to 80,816 in 2021. This trend is expected to continue in 2022 and 2023. Fortunately, the are avenues to combat the severity of this trend. Naloxone is a lifesaving treatment that can reverse an opioid overdose. Due to the pressing need in the community and in our housing facilities. Damascus Way has partnered with the Steve Rummler Hope Network to become a community access point for Naloxone kits. If you know a loved one struggling with opioid use please call to access this life saving treatment.

Recovery Support Meeting Access

At Damascus Way, we pride ourselves on being an integral part of the recovery community. We periodically invite recovery support groups to our sites in Minnesota, including Rochester, Golden Valley, Shakopee and Prior Lake. Our goal is to help facilitate access to these groups and provide an inclusive environment where everyone can feel comfortable seeking help and support. We extend a warm invitation to individuals from all walks of life to join us at our Shakopee location to discuss substance recovery and building meaningful connections for support within the community. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with others and gain valuable insights on how we can collectively work towards achieving lasting recovery and wellness. Call our locations today for support meeting dates and times.


Certified Peer Recovery Training

Peer recovery specialists (PRS) focus on voluntary access to recovery services. Guidance and support is crucial to provide a strength-based approach that empowers the person to maintain recovery. A PRS may have insights and suggestions that promote healthier living but in no way should force a certain method of recovery upon a person. A fostering a strong relationship is foundational and should model respect, trust, empathy, and collaboration. In this way a PRS provides a representation of characteristics that a peer can look for in others they can be vulnerable with.

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  • Golden Valley 763.545.6558
  • Scott County 763.299.0808