Peer Advocate Program

In physically demanding workplaces, dependence on opiates is a common way to make it through the day, even as the opioid crisis has skyrocketed. While workplace data on addiction is sparse, recent research indicates that construction workers are at higher risk for fatal overdoses — particularly heroin overdoses.

Allied Trades (ATAP) recognized that peer support can be extremely influential for workers struggling with substance use and set up a nationally recognized peer support training program.

ATAP is the leader in training and offering peer advocates to the trades for the purpose of:

  • watching for coworkers who might be showing the signs of a substance use disorder and encourage them to seek treatment
  • helping colleagues in recovery stay sober on the job site

Specifically, a peer advocate is an individual who has received specialized training to recognize when a coworker, or even a friend or family member, might be struggling with a substance use issue.

Our trained peer advocates work to dispel the stigma against addiction on the job site by being as open as they can about their lives, hoping that coworkers will come forward.

The advocates who have been trained in our peer support program are a mix of older union members who largely have dealt with alcoholism, and a younger group more familiar with opiates and heroin addiction.

We’re extraordinarily proud of the work that our trained peer advocates do in spotting problems and encouraging workers to seek treatment. Their work is absolutely resulting in lives saved.

Are you interested in becoming a Peer Advocate?

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If you are interested in becoming a Peer Advocate in your workplace please fill out the form below to have ATAP contact you with more information:

ATAP Peer Advocates

February 2018 Peer Advocates with their certificates
February 2018 Peer Advocates
May 2018 Peer Advocates with their certificates
May 2018 Peer Advocates

October 2019 Peer Advocates with their certificates

October 2019 Peer Advocates

September 2021 Peer Advocates with their certificates

September 2021 Peer Advocates


More Information:

The Peer Advocate training is a two day training. Both days are mandatory to complete the training. 

Prerequisites: Individuals MUST complete ATAP’s existing online Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Awareness, prior to attending the Peer Advocate Trainings. The existing education, entitled “Changing the Culture of Construction” can be found and completed at ATAP’s website:

  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from union official (Business Manager)
  • Obtain a letter of support from signatory contractor

REGISTER: If you would like to receive information to attend the next training, please register on ATAP’s website under Peer Advocate: (ABOVE) -OR- contact Joe C. for questions or concerns:

Peer Advocate Monthly Meeting:

*** The Peer Advocates meet monthly on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Finishing Trades Institute, 2190 Hornig Road, Philadelphia, PA 19116 (the Building Trades Support Group meeting will follow 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.).

Member’s Quick Contact

All fields are required. The members quick contact portal should be utilized for basic questions regarding the Allied Trades Assistance Program's services. If this is a true emergency please contact 800-258-6376