The Peer Recovery Support Specialist will work with clients beyond recovery initiation through stabilization and into recovery maintenance. They will perform all essential functions in residential and non-residential programs and will function as a guide to help clients with decision making and support steps towards recovery. The Peer Recovery Support Specialist will not provide clinical services (treatment for addiction, diagnosis) and will recognize that there are many pathways to recovery. Peer recovery support services are provided one-to-one by an individual in recovery. Peer support services include education; advocacy; mentoring through self-disclosure of personal recovery experiences; accompanying the client to appointments that support recovery; assistance accessing resources to obtain housing, employment, education, and advocacy services; and nonclinical recovery support to assist the transition from treatment into the recovery community.

Examples of Peer Recovery Support Services include:

  • Emotional Support: Demonstrating empathy, caring, or concern to bolster person’s self-esteem and confidence.
  • Informational Support: Sharing knowledge and information and/or provide life or vocational skills training
  • Instrumental Support: Provide concrete assistance to help others accomplish tasks such as child care, transportation or help accessing community resources.
  • Affiliation Support: Facilitate contacts with other people to promote learning of recreational skills, create community and acquire a sense of belonging.