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Peer Recovery

Youth Services System, Inc. employs two full-time Peer Recovery staff at our Hazel Atlas location — a Youth Peer Recovery Support Specialist (funded through the RYSC) for youth ages 12-25 experiencing substance use issues, and a Regional Adult Intervention Specialist who works with adults to support recovery and help them find treatment. We also have multiple Peer Recovery Coaches and Specialists working in our Recovery Homes.

The first step towards receiving Peer Recovery services is to call 304-233-9627 or 1-800-977-8918 and ask to speak to the "worker of the day" to make a referral. You can also fill out an online referral form below:

Online Referral Form

Peer Recovery Brochure

What is Peer Recovery?

Peer recovery support services facilitate recovery from substance use disorders. Services are delivered by trained and certified peers who have been successful in their own recovery process and can extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into a member’s community and home environment to support and assist a member with staying engaged in the recovery process.

Peer recovery support services are delivered by individuals who have common life experiences with the people they are serving. People with substance use disorders have a unique capacity to help each other based on a shared affiliation and a deep understanding of this experience. By sharing their experiences, peers bring hope to people in recovery and promote a sense of belonging within the community. Peer recovery support services are an evidence-based model of care which consists of a qualified peer recovery support specialist (PRSS) who assists members with their recovery. The experiences of PRSS as consumers of substance use services, can be an important component in promoting and sustaining long-term recovery.

Peer Recovery Resources:

Find Treatment Find NA Meetings Find AA Meetings
Find SMART Recovery Meetings Connections Recovery App Help & Hope WV

Peer Recovery Academy:

YSS and the YWCA Wheeling offer a free week-long Recovery Coach Academy training twice a year. This training utilizes the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery model. Those interested in becoming Peer Recovery Coaches are encouraged to attend. Follow YSS on social media for announcements.

For more information, please contact Valery Staskey at