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Tim L.

Certified Peer Supporter

Accepting New Connections

Hi, my name is Tim. I was severely injury in combat followed by substance dependency and mental illness which led to serving time in jail. Today I live in line with my values. I aim to give hope to those who are struggling and feel like no one will understand what they are going through.

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About Tim Long

Biography

I am an immigrant to the United States. I have worked as a fire fighter/first responder, and a US ARMY Infantryman, until a severe injury from a roadside bomb blast in Iraq. I've struggled with intravenous opiate addiction that led to lengthy jail sentence and I have attempted suicide several times. Once I decided to try and get well, I utilized the GI Bill to earn a Bachelors degree in Psychology emphasizing in substance abuse counseling, then became a certified peer specialist. I have worked for veteran non-profits, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, SMART recovery facilitation and several other wellness centers providing support to those who have struggled with similar afflictions. I've been doing peer support of some kind for 5 years and I know how much it helped me. I know what it is like to wake up every day feeling nothing but hopelessness and despair. Today I live in line with my values, and I am proud of the person I have become. It is an honor and a pleasure to support those who currently do not have hope in their lives.

Specialties

My Recovery Story

In recovery from Opiate and Benzodiazepine addiction. I am currently in recovery from combat PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.

My Motivation To Help

I believe my life was saved by a peer that worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs and since that time I have wanted to be that person for someone else. I believe that sharing similar life experiences helps relate individuals on a level that cannot be achieved in a clinical setting. Working in recovery and helping others gives me sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Being a peer keeps me living a life of wellness.

My Chatrooms

Anxiety Support Chat Room (ASCR)

Members: 3886

Moderated by Tim Long, a HeyPeers Group Leader. This group is for anyone struggling with anxiety disorders: phobias, social anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, panic attacks, excessive worry or any other issues with anxiety.All peers and peer supporters are welcome to join. We have a no solicitation/no promotion policy for peer supporters.

PTSD: sharing and support

Members: 766

This chat is for people who experience symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Panic attacks, hypervigilance, night terrors/nightmares, insomnia, guilt, shame, anger outburst, substance abuse, safety behaviors, severe anxiety, trouble concentrating, inability to maintain relationships, isolation, social anxiety.

Certificate

My Services

1:1 meditation with Tim
Mindful meditation and healing
1:1 peer support with Tim
one on one mentoring

Upcoming meetings

Wednesday, May 22
Thursday, May 23
09:00 PM EST
09:00 AM EST
Monday, May 27
05:00 PM EST
Tuesday, May 28
04:00 PM EST
Wednesday, May 29
Thursday, May 30
09:00 PM EST
Tuesday, June 04
Thursday, June 06
09:00 PM EST
Tuesday, June 11
Thursday, June 13
09:00 PM EST
Tuesday, June 18
Thursday, June 20
09:00 PM EST
Tuesday, June 25
Thursday, June 27
09:00 PM EST