8 Need-To-Know Resources for Peer Recovery Support Specialists

Peer Recovery Support Specialists can sometimes be left in the dark by their organization. Some organizations may not know what types of resources the Peer Recovery Support Specialist need to do their job most effectively. We’ve got your covered! Here are a few resources for specialists that would like some content to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.

From Kickball to Smudge Walks - The Story of the Sober Squad

My name is Colin and I am a 33-year-old member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. I come from a close-knit community where everybody knows everybody and we all are basically related some way or another. Reservations are kind of known for their drug and crime rates across the state. But at the same time, they are also known for how beautiful our culture and philosophies can be.

Beyond the Brink

My name is Brandy Brink; I am a woman in Long term recovery. I have struggled with addiction for most of my life. The first time I went to treatment I was 12 years old. I’ve been in and out of recovery more times than I can count. My story is no different than anyone else’s. I grew up in an abusive home and by the age of 12, I was a ward of the state. I spent the next 3 years in and out of foster care and group homes.

Sober AF - Ali's Story

Being Sober AF means waking up in the morning and liking what I see in the mirror. It means living a life that is genuine and real. Being Sober AF means living a life I’m proud of and a life that others are proud of too.

Being Sober AF means I have bad days. But my worst day sober is infinitely better than my best day drunk.

Being Sober AF is more than just a catchy phrase. For me, it’s a lifestyle I’ve come to know and love. A lifestyle I plan on living as long as I’m on this planet.

The Power of Peer Specialists

Peer specialists are trained professionals in the behavioral health field who have personal experience with substance use disorder. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that a peer specialist (also known as a certified peer specialist, peer support specialist, recovery coach) is a person who uses his or her lived experience of recovery from mental illness and/or addiction, plus skills learned in formal training, to deliver services in behavioral health settings to promote mind-body recovery and resiliency.

Q+A: Peer Recovery Specialist Training with Chris

Peer support is the fastest growing service for people in recovery, but for those how are new to the field, there are still questions surrounding the service. Who are peer specialists? What does training entail? How do they help those in recovery? We sat down with Chris Falck, a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist with Minnesota Recovery Connection, to learn more about peer specialists and the training they receive.

Peer Recovery Support Services

Recovery Coaching is rooted in using the tools one has gained in both addiction and recovery to partner with someone (the recoveree) who is looking to achieve or sustain long-term recovery. Together, the Recovery Coach and the recoveree explore recovery supportive resources and find pathways the recoveree can call their own. Peer Recovery Support Services are not prescriptive and are tailored to the needs of the individual being served.

Peer Specialist Self-Care

Working on recovery is no easy task. For peer support specialists, the journey of sobriety is especially difficult. They are inspirations to the clients they serve by being successful in their own recovery. To add to the challenge, the need for support is great – there are never enough specialists or providers to handle the demand in the treatment industry. Yet more, the emotional toll of helping clients through challenges can be punishing.