For people who are new to peer support, there can be a lot of questions about who recovery coaches are, what they do and how they help people find recovery. Here's a quick overview to help you understand the value of peer recovery coaches. Have additional questions? Share them with firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT IS A peer recovery coach (also known as PEER SPECIALIST)?
A peer recovery coach is an occupational title of trained individuals who engage with peers in a community-based recovery center, outside a program around any number of activities, and over the telephone.
WHAT SERVICES DOES A recovery coach PROVIDE?
The following examples are from SAMHSA:
Peer mentoring or coaching—developing a one-on-one relationship in which a peer leader with recovery experience encourages, motivates, and supports a peer in recovery.
Peer recovery resource connecting—connecting a person new to recovery with professional and nonprofessional services and resources available in the community.
Recovery group facilitation—facilitating or leading recovery-oriented group activities, including support groups and educational activities.
Building community—helping people in recovery make new friends and build healthy social networks through emotional, instrumental, informational, and affiliation types of peer support.
ARE PEER recovery coaches A SPONSOR?
No. Peer coaches are not affiliated with any specific recovery path and embrace all pathways to recovery.
HOW CAN I FIND A recovery coach?
If your employer is a customer of Recovree, we provide you with a recovery coach. You can also find a peer recovery coach through a Recovery Community Organization (RCO) or certain treatment programs. To find your nearest RCO, click here.
ARE recovery coaches TRAINED?
Yes, they receive formal training and certifications.
WHAT DOES A recovery coach DO?
By sharing their experiences, peers bring hope to people in recovery and promote a sense of belonging within the community.
WHAT MAKES A PERSON QUALIFIED TO BE A PEER recovery coach?
They have lived experience with the disease and formal training.
DO they SHARE MY INFORMATION WITH ANYONE?
This depends on the employer of the peer recovery coach and the situation. If the specialist is working for the judicial system, they may be required to share some information. In addition, if the individual who is new to recovery finds themselves in a dangerous situation or in crisis, the peer coach will connect with people who can help.
HOW MUCH DOES A recovery coach COST?
It depends. Peer recovery coaches can be volunteers and cost nothing, they may work for a recovery program where insurance will cover their costs or with Recovree, your employer may offer this service free of charge or at a subsidized rate.