Peer-Delivered Recovery Support Services for Addictions in the United States: A Systematic Review

J Subst Abuse Treat. 2016 Apr:63:1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2016.01.003. Epub 2016 Jan 13.


This systematic review identifies, appraises, and summarizes the evidence on the effectiveness of peer-delivered recovery support services for people in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Nine studies met criteria for inclusion in the review. They were assessed for quality and outcomes including substance use and recovery-related factors. Despite significant methodological limitations found in the included studies, the body of evidence suggests salutary effects on participants. Current limitations and recommendations for future research are discussed.

Keywords: Addiction; Peer support; Recovery; Recovery coaches; Systematic review.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Behavior, Addictive / prevention & control
  • Behavior, Addictive / therapy
  • Counseling / methods*
  • Humans
  • Peer Group*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy*
  • United States