Giving back in Recovery through life-changing experiences.
1 : a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.
"Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential" (SAMSHA).
We are a Delegation of Certified Peers established to encourage and help others Recover.
Our mission is to help any one who is in recovery or is seeking recovery from mental illnesses and/or substance use disorder and has been involved in the criminal justice system (prisons, jail, probation, parole, etc).
We strive to improve lives through peer-based, education and training with developmental skills
to become positive parents, employees and citizens.
D.E.T.E.R has Certified Peer Recovery Specialists who are trained and will function to instill hope and serve as valuable and credible models of the possibility of recovery. Other roles include helping individuals to engage in treatment and support services and to anticipate and address the psychological, social, and financial challenges of reentry. They also assist with maintaining adherence to conditions of supervision.
These Certified Peer Recovery Specialists (CPRS) will also serve as community guides, coaches, and/or advocates, working to link newly discharged people with housing, vocational and educational opportunities, and community services. Within this context, they will model useful skills and effective problem-solving strategies, and respond in a timely fashion to prevent or curtail relapses and other crises.
The culture in correctional facilities encourages incarcerated individuals to adopt survival mechanisms. The environments are not conducive for the establishment of trusting relationships or the open sharing of thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Therefore, incarcerated individuals are not as accustomed to or comfortable with displaying vulnerability as peer support recipients in the free world may be.
Trust and the sharing of one’s journey with a peer specialist are key components of the D.E.T.E.R’s peer support process. CPRS’s understand the nature of behavioral tendencies associated with survival and their potential effects on the peer relationship and recovery process. For instance, incarcerated individuals may lie or be manipulative out of fear and, in turn, avoid being transparent for self-protection. Without an understanding of survival mechanisms, other professionals and providers have taken such actions personally rather than acknowledging it as part of the recovery process with ex-offenders.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and change lives. Your generous donation is tax deductible.