Peer Support Workers play a crucial role in helping individuals struggling with addiction. When engaging with a client, it's important to ask open-ended and empathetic questions to better understand their situation, build rapport, and provide support. Here are some questions a peer support worker might consider:
Introduction and Rapport Building:
"Hi [client's name], it's great to meet you. How are you feeling today?"
"Can you tell me a bit about yourself and your journey so far?"
"What led you to seek support or talk to someone today?"
"Can you describe your experiences with addiction and how it has impacted your life?"
"How has addiction affected your relationships, work, or daily life?"
"Are there specific situations or feelings that seem to trigger your substance use?"
"What sources of stress or challenges are you currently facing?"
"What are your reasons for wanting to make changes in your life right now?"
"What positive outcomes do you hope to achieve by addressing your addiction?"
"How would your life be different if you were able to overcome your addiction?"
"Who in your life is supportive of your recovery, and how can they be involved?"
"Are there people or activities that inspire or motivate you to stay on a healthier path?"
"Have you tried any treatment or support programs in the past? What worked for you, and what didn't?"
"What coping strategies have you found helpful during challenging times?"
"What short-term and long-term goals would you like to set for yourself regarding your recovery?"
"How can we work together to support you in achieving these goals?"
"In what ways do you think your life would improve if you were able to manage your addiction more effectively?"
"How do you envision a typical day when you're no longer struggling with addiction?"
"Are there any obstacles or challenges you anticipate in your journey toward recovery?"
"What has been the most difficult part for you so far?"
"How can we develop a plan that supports your recovery goals?"
"What resources or services do you think would be helpful for you moving forward?"
Remember, active listening, empathy, and a non-judgmental attitude are key components of effective peer support. Tailor these questions to the individual's unique situation, and be flexible in your approach based on their responses and needs.