8 Need-To-Know Resources for Peer Recovery Coaches
Peer Recovery Coaches can sometimes be left in the dark by their organization. Some organizations may not know what types of resources the Peer Recovery Coaches need to do their job most effectively. We’ve got you covered! Here are a few resources for specialists to help do the job more efficiently and effectively.
1. William White has created a lot of content for the substance use disorder field and has some very helpful information for Peer Recovery Support Specialists.
2. SAMHSA has information regarding peer support that may be helpful for organizations on how to use Peer Recovery Support Specialists effectively.
3. A great focal point for peer support and the individuals they serve are the 8 dimensions of wellness. SAMHSA does a good job of defining and describing these 8 dimensions.
4. Self-care is extremely important for both the peer recovery specialist and the person they serve. Peer Recovery Support Specialist often tell the people they are working with to practice self-care, but it is important to practice what we preach.
5. Motivational Interviewing is an important tool for working with people in recovery. It is much more powerful for an individual to find the motivation to change rather than being told that they need to change.
6. Cultural Competency is important for peer recovery specialists because this profession is based on empathy, compassion, and understanding. We come from a diverse range of ethnicities and cultures, and to be most effective we need to understand our own biases and be willing to learn from everyone.
7. Boundaries can often be pushed and stretched by people we serve. It is important for our well being that we develop strong and appropriate boundaries and stick to them.
8. Resources, referrals and recommendations are our best friends. Become familiar with what resources are available in your area, and get to know them well. It is important that the basic needs are met for every individual. Learn the hours and locations of local food shelves. Become familiar with what is available for affordable housing, sober living, and homeless shelters in your area. Become familiar with the variety of recovery meetings available in your community and get to know the community. Healthcare is an important part of recovery. Search out walk-in clinics, needle exchanges, Naloxone and other important healthcare options in your area. People in active addiction are often extremely resourceful and this can be one of our most valuable assets in recovery.
This list is just a small set of things to help Peer Recovery Support Specialists. We encourage you to be willing to learn and adapt to any situation that you may encounter. There are many more resources available and more specialized services for your local area.
Do you have any go-to resources that you utilize? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with additional suggestions.