Peer Support Services
Peer Support Specialists (PSS) are people living in recovery with substance/opioid use disorder. PSS's provide support to individuals with substance and opioid use disorder. The Peer Support Specialist are certified through the North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist Program. This program provides acknowledgement that the peer has met a set of requirements necessary to provide support to individuals in recovery.
Consortium partners are working collaboratively to expand access to peer support services. Below are a list of places in the region you can meet with a Peer Support Specialist.
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Pinehurst Comprehensive Treatment Center
20 Page Dr. Suite 8, Pinehurst, NC 28374
FirstHealth Family Medicine, Rockingham
921 S. Long Drive, Rockingham, NC 28379
Place of Grace
252 School Street, Rockingham, NC 28379
Richmond County DSS
127 Caroline Street, Rockingham, NC 28379
Drug Free Moore County
703 Pinehurst Avenue, Carthage, NC 28387
Daymark Recovery Services - Lee Center
130 Carbonton Road, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 774 6521
Peer Support Specialists
Stephanie Heck, NC Certified Peer Support Specialist
(Moore and Richmond Counties)
Stephanie Heck's entire life was once consumed around drug use, but at that time, she didn’t think she had a problem. She thought it was normal and that everyone used something to cope with life. Once Heck's life became unmanageable, she then realized that she had a problem with drugs and could not stop using on her own. She went into treatment five years ago and has been clean since. It was not until Heck learned that she suffered from the disease of addiction, that there wasn’t a cure but it can be arrested if she practiced a spiritual program. Now, she is a member of a 12 step program that she practices daily. Heck attends meetings on a daily basis as well as work with her sponsor and sponsees in the program to learn to live a way of life without the use of drugs. Heck is forever grateful to her Higher Power and the12 step program for helping her to stay clean. Recovery is a process; and once she admitted that she had a problem only then could her recovery begin. Heck am proof recovery is possible.
Kelly Kirk, NC Certified Peer Support Specialist
Addiction and mental illness run in Kelly Kirk's family. Kelly tried drugs when she was only 11. She moved around a lot and had an interesting life but it wasn't until her thirties that her addiction really set in deep. She was using substances to cope with stress, pain, trauma, etc. She stopped many times but it was never for long. Kelly has been to half a dozen inpatient/outpatient rehabs all over the country. She's attended 12-step programs, support groups and has seen psychiatrists & counselors. The only thing that had any staying power for Kelly was Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). On Suboxone, she felt normal and stable. It took away the cravings, withdrawal symptoms & obsessive thoughts. She was seeing her life clearly for the first time and was able to start taking steps to improve and heal. Today, Kelly is grateful to God for never giving up on her. She loves being a Peer Support Specialist because she is able to help others who are still struggling. "There's a special bond between people who intimately know what addiction feels like." she said. "With a Peer Support Specialist, people are more willing to open up, be honest about what's happening and take the first step toward their own recovery. They see that they don't have to stay stuck". Kelly feels very honored to be a part of that. Kirk's motto: "If I can do it, you can do it, too".
Stephanie Hoover, Recovery Coach
(Lee, Hoke and Montgomery Counties)
Stephanie Hoover is a Health and Recovery Coach and former army spouse who dedicated 16 years to supporting families of those who served in the US Army. A native of Texas, Hoover grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina before moving to Pinehurst. Stephanie is a dedicated mother of six who held down the home front while her former spouse was deployed for the majority of 2001-2011. On June 2, 2017, Hoover received a phone call that no parent ever wants to receive. Her son, Alex, overdosed at 22 years old. Since that day, Hoover has worked to fulfill a promise to her son, giving meaning to his life and untimely death. She is passionate about helping individuals and their families who are in active addiction receive the necessary treatment and support. Her personal experience both prior to and following Alex’s death, make her uniquely qualified to fulfill her mission of changing outcomes for other families. As a Peer Coordinator with The Sandhills Opioid Outreach Response Consortium, Hoover is working on the front line to raise awareness, educate and assist people in the Sandhills region who are directly impacted by the opioid epidemic.
Jason Applegate, NC Certified Peer Support Specialist
(Lee and Hoke Counties)
Dana Redfern, NC Certified Peer Support Specialist
From frustration and despair, I've found hope; from anger, the ability to seek peace. Where my addiction was my reason for doing everything, I've found a way to have a life that focuses on things that can bring me happiness, stability, and something approaching normalcy. Life CAN be good!
Shirley Hart, NC Certified Peer Support Specialist
“Telling my story has freed me from the past. But most importantly, my story has helped my family, friends and community realize there is hope and help for us all in healing from the effects of this deadly disease, addiction.”
Angela Chance, NC Certified Peer Support Specialist
(Lee and Hoke Counties)
Amy English, NC Certified Peer Support Specialist
(Lee and Hoke Counties)
Amanda Kempen, NC Certified Peer Support Specialist
"Recovery to me is the birth of hope. The gift given to me by God, to live life more abundantly. A life no longer bound in the shackles of substance, but filled with a purpose that is waiting for me. Recovery is a chance to use my experience and to share my hope with others. My life changed on August 3, 2017 - a day I will never forget. Darkness no longer had control of my life because mercy came in.
Old things are passed away; behold, all things become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17"
Evan Coggins, NC Certified Peer Support Specialist
"Dream it. Pin it. Live it. I wrote my dreams on a board and read it everyday and spoke those things into existence, which was delivered by The Lord. Two days before my birthday on November 10, 2017, I decided to take back my life from the misery and destruction of drugs and live a clean and healthy life. I take it day by day and let The Lord guide me and give the glory to Him. Recovery means to take each day and know its a new day. Each day I aspire for more, never give up at being amazing and brave, and to love and embrace kindness. I stay strong and put my trust in The Lord to pursue my passion to help others - I'm living my dream each day. We are only human, and we make mistakes. Just know there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel - and it is so bright."
Vickie Grigg, NC Certified Peer Support Specialist
"Recovery is living life free from a substance that bounds you. Recovery is having peace of mind that comes from freedom in Christ. I can do all things through Christ. He gives me strength. Philippians 4:13."
Chrystal West, NC Certified Peer Support Specialist
"I started my recovery journey in 2015, but I have been in complete recovery since February 2017. My faith has been the most important aspect in my recovery.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He sat my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and feat The Lord and put their trust in him. Psalm 40:2-3"
Mark Christopher, NC Certified Peer Support Specialist
"Recovery means improving in all aspects of life: personally and professionally. Working to make others lives better, makes my life better."
Kelly Simmons, NC Certified Peer Support Specialist
"Recovery means life! During my addiction I was dead - just existing in this world. I call in being a walking carcass. When I found recovery, I found life.
Recovery is a one step program with my Jesus. Isaiah 30:18"
Franceine Atiebrah, NC Certified Peer Support Specialist
"On September 18, 1995, I finally got sick and tired of being sick and tired. With the help of a great sponsor and God, I began my journey of living a changed life and I would not change this life for anything. No one told me that my life would be easy but this fight was worth the battle. God looked down on me and decided I was worth the effort to receive His gift of life. It works if you work on it!"
Stephany Bonds, NC Certified Peer Support Specialist
"As I go through life's journey, I have recaptured my clean state of mind. I can see clearly now that my rain is gone. I have been sober for over three years now. My journey had its bumps in the road, but I just kept holding on to God's unchanging hand."
Maxie Gleaton, NC Certified Peer Support Specialist
"After my father died on February 6, 2013, my life began to unravel. Six months later, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. My struggles with cancer before and after the surgery sent me into a very dark, depressed state and my disease completely took control. A white light moment in my house with my most gracious God basically saved my life. On April 23, 2018, I finally decided to put all my faith in God and try to spread His will to change. The phrase, 'Let Go and Let God,' speaks volumes to me. My name is Maxie Gleaton and I am a very grateful recovering alcoholic."