By Lauren Silverman
July 11, 2017
Recovery coaches and peer mentors - known in Alcoholics Anonymous as
"sponsors" - have for decades helped people who are addicted to alcohol or
drugs. Now, peer support for people who have serious mental illness is
becoming more common, too. Particularly in places like Texas, where mental
health professionals are in short supply, paid peer counselors are filling a
David Woodside, who has been living with bipolar and schizoaffective
disorder his whole life, is getting help this way. Not too long ago, he
wound up in Dallas County jail for the first time, at the age of 57.
Woodside had become upset and kicked his brother.