Peer Coaches support patients in their recovery
Alexa Case says life is good now. The 31-year-old single mother of two young sons, who lives in Madison, Wis., underwent residential treatment in her mid-twenties for alcohol substance use disorder and an eating disorder. This included a 90-day stint at a treatment center in Costa Mesa, Calif., soon after she gave birth to her first child.
Today, Case is a peer recovery coach working with opioid-dependent pregnant women in a pilot program called Pregnancy2Recovery. The program is a partnership between SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, SSM Health Dean Medical Group and Safe Communities of Madison and Dane County, Wis. SSM Health says the Pregnancy2Recovery peer coaching program is the first program of its kind in the country. The program is administered by Safe Communities, a nonprofit that counts drug poisoning prevention among its main priorities. READ MORE