By Lauren Silverman

July 11, 2017

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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

gap.

 

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.