Voices of Hope: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Peer- Delivered Telephone Recovery Support Program

Alex Elswick, Ronald Werner-Wilson and Amanda Fallin-Bennett


Introduction: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a chronic disorder that is often inadequately managed with acute care. As treatment practices catch up with research on the chronicity of SUD, new modalities are emerging which utilize peer-delivered services to provide ongoing recovery support. One such in¬tervention, telephone recovery support (TRS), is comprised of weekly calls from volunteers to people in recovery. TRS aims to provide support and to connect participants with recovery resources. The aim of this randomized controlled tri¬al (RCT) was to explore the effects of TRS on participants’ perceived support, well-being, recovery engagement, and recovery capital.
Methods: Participants (n = 100) were recruited from an outpatient medica¬tion for opioid use disorder (MOUD) provider, randomly assigned to treatment and control conditions, and administered baseline and 30-day assessments. Re¬sults: TRS did not statistically significantly reduce substance use or the related recovery test variables. However, participants indicated high acceptability, high perceived support, and high resource uptake as a result of TRS calls.
Conclusion: TRS confers benefits to people in SUD recovery, primarily by providing both social and tangible support.

Published on: July 03, 2021
doi: 10.17756/jas.2021-052
Citation: Elswick A, Werner-Wilson R, Fallin- Bennett A. 2021. Voices of Hope: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Peer-Delivered Telephone Recovery Support Program.J Addict Sci 7(1): 18-29.