What is a Peer Support Specialist?

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For people who are new to peer support specialists, there can be a lot of questions about who they are, what they do and how they help people find recovery. Here's a quick overview to help you understand the value of specialists.

  • Peer support specialists go by a few names in the recovery community; such as recovery coach and peer recovery specialist.
  • A peer support specialist is someone that is managing their Substance Use Disorder, and receives formal training. 
  • Peer support specialists are not sponsors of a 12 step program.  They are familiar with all paths of recovery and encourage their clients to use what works for them. 
  • Specialists work with their clients for a longer period of time than treatment counselors and can be used throughout the entire recovery continuum including pre-program.  
  • Peer support specialists are there to help navigate the barriers that people in recovery experience, and provide support and assistance on a variety of different levels.