"Consumer-operated services support participants in many ways. They provide opportunities for people to learn about recovery, take on new responsibilities or new roles, make discoveries about themselves, and make new friends. When people feel accepted for who they are, they begin to think about themselves differently, learn new ways to handle problems, and make positive changes. Consumer-operated services generate hope, open new doors, and increase members' sense of well-being. " www.samhsa.gov
Substance abuse and mental health service administration.