An important part of the MAT Program is providing peer mentoring services for patients recovering from opioid addiction. The innovative peer mentoring program is a unique collaboration between treatment provider and patient. The focus of the peer mentoring program is to provide peer mentoring services for patients receiving opioid agonist treatment in MAT program, who are struggling with their recovery, and may benefit from peer mentoring services. It is an innovative treatment designed to increase retention and produce positive treatment outcomes.
The MAT Team recruits and trains patients who are in long term recovery with medication assisted treatment who desire to help others achieve their own recovery. A basic assumption is that patients in long term recovery who are properly trained to provide peer mentoring services, would demonstrate a strong ability to form a positive therapeutic bond with the patient which would have a positive effect on patient retention. The peer mentoring program recognizes and builds upon the initial gains made by the patient by retaining the patient in treatment while providing Evidenced-Based practices such as Motivational Interviewing.