- Home – having a consistent, peaceful and stable place to return to each day will help remove uncertainty and anxiety that can lead to self-destructive behavior.
However, Peers may face intense stigma from family, extended kin, and landlords where they rent (bringing problems in obtaining satisfactory and safe housing). Living in a stigma charged environment is not peaceful and stable and frequently leads to arguments, labeling, and stressful relations.
- Purpose – being productive, whether through volunteer work, employment or going to school, provides meaning for every person, especially those who are rebuilding a life in recovery.
However, schools, employers and volunteer opportunities are reticent to take on ex-convicts, Mental Health patients, and recovering drug users or alcoholics. The peer is then isolated from meaningful employment, socialization, and the beneficial aspects of feeling productive.
- Community – an essential aspect of recovery from mental illness and addiction is understanding that others have experienced similar difficulties and struggles. Having non-judgmental support from friends, family members and others in recovery can be just the thing to help an individual gain momentum in recovery.
However, stigma isolates and marginalizes its victims, leading to disenfranchisement and despair in the areas of community integration and contribution. Rather than non-judgmental support, the recovering peer meets with judgment, labeling, and stigma which inhibits momentum in recovery.