For Veterans struggling with substance use problems, recovery is often uncharted territory. Support and guidance provided by fellow Veterans with their own lived experience can help lead peers on a path to recovery. Peer Support Training If you are interested in becoming a certified peer support specialist, please review the options below: VA Peer Support Mentoring Program PAVE - Peer Advisors for Veteran Education National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (NCPRSS) Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) Certified Peer Recovery Mentors (CPRMs) Trained Peers can help fellow Veterans by: encouraging and motivating peers by instilling hope & providing social support. acting as an advocate and a role model, using their own recovery experiences. helping to build confidence and self-esteem. creating opportunities for growth and positive change. What specific things do trained peers do? Create specific recovery goals to help keep Veterans invested in their recovery. Link Veterans with available resources and services that can help their personal recovery. Maintain regular contact with peer Veterans and help them work through barriers that may arise. Provide ideas and strategies on how to achieve and sustain recovery.