On today’s show, Melvina and Carol host Alethea Lambert and Mary McQuown from Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to talk about peer recovery support and specialists.
“A peer support specialist is a person with “lived experience” who has been trained to support those who struggle with mental health, psychological trauma, or substance use. Their personal experience of these challenges provide peer support specialists with expertise that professional training cannot replicate.”
Following the show is a Peer 2 Ear with DJ Sammy Styles.
We continue our series on women and addiction recovery and visit two local community services board to hear about how they serve women. Henrico County Mental Health and Richmond Behavioral Health Authority speak at the Symposium on International Perspectives on Women and Addiction.
Gender Differences & Drug Addiction
Compared with men, women: ► Initiate alcohol/other substance use at an earlier age than in previous generations, and at approximately the same age as men. ► Show increased prevalence in past two decades of alcohol and drug use with lower levels of abstaining and higher levels of use disorders. ► At treatment entry, with fewer years of use, exhibit more medical, psychiatric, and adverse social consequences. (Compton et al, 2007; Grucza et al, 2008; Randall et al., 1999; Hernandez-Avila et