Peer Influence CommunityAs children reach adolescence, peer groups become more important when it comes to influencing their behavior. This influence is due to developmental changes that make being accepted a higher priority in adolescents. Groups of friends establish certain social norms, and behavior that adheres to these norms is rewarded with support and approval. However, behavior that deviates from group norms may bring disapproval or rejection. At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we have developed a peer impact community program. This service helps teens harness the power of positive role models as part of their treatment and recovery. We welcome the opportunity to tell you more about all of the programs we offer. Contact us at 662.373.2828 to learn more about this recovery option.

What Is a Peer Impact Community Program?

Our peer impact community program is a place where teens can learn in interdependent peer groups to prevent risky behaviors. This kind of peer support consists of giving and receiving nonprofessional advice from peers with similar conditions or circumstances. This program’s end result is to achieve long-term recovery from psychiatric, alcohol, and other drug-related problems. It has proven to be a key component of substance use treatment and recovery. This community reinforcement approach has demonstrated the importance of valued social roles in maintaining abstinence, which is the peer support relationship’s foundation.

The advantages of peer impact and support programs include:

  • Peer learning does not require additional therapy time; instead, it’s integrated into existing programs
  • It can be beneficial for treatment and recovery from many disorders.
  • Reduction of behavioral problems and risk of relapse after treatment
  • It promotes a positive climate

Peer impact programs are a low-risk, high-reward prevention method that can enhance, rather than detract from, a teen’s treatment program. Research has shown that peer learning can promote positive achievements while counteracting some of the social processes that can lead to behavioral problems. The benefits include significant reductions in bullying, victimization, perceived stress, and emotional issues, as well as a decrease in alcohol and drug use. Plus, programs like this foster significantly higher levels of peer-relatedness.

Instilling Values Through Positive Role Models

Many prevention and social-emotional learning (SEL) programs have attempted to counteract negative peer impact by targeting behaviors such as bullying and alcohol and drug use. However, it may not always be enough. At Stonewater, we offer a peer impact community program to add collaborative peer learning as part of treatment. It’s an approach to prevention that attempts to harness the power of peer impact through collaborative, group-based peer-learning activities.

In addition to promoting positive interdependence, peer-learning activities can also include individual accountability to ensure those in treatment have an incentive to contribute to the group’s success. A combination of services such as peer support groups, individual counseling, and case management can be highly effective in treating substance abuse and mental health disorders. Peer support groups do not and should not replace the need for traditional treatments or supervisory clinical guidance. However, they are a useful supplement to conventional treatment.



Contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center to Learn More

Our peer impact community program is an added benefit to our treatment programs. We also provide a multitude of helpful evidence-based and holistic therapy programs to give your teen the healing that they need. Some of these therapies include:

Since no two people are exactly alike, similarly, no two treatment plans are the same. When you contact our admissions treatment team and enroll your teen at Stonewater, we’ll create a treatment plan that addresses their unique needs. Contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center at 662.373.2828 today.