FFR’s Peer Recovery Support Specialist Training (PRSS) is a comprehensive, 46-hour training for those with lived experience who want to serve as a mentor and coach to those seeking long-term recovery from substance use and/or co-occurring mental health issues. Currently, there is no charge for the Peer Recovery Support Specialist Training. Foundation for Recovery requests 10 volunteer hours monthly for a minimum of 6 months for those completing the course.
What are Peer Recovery Support Services?
The word peer refers to all individuals who share the experiences of addiction and recovery. In a peer-helping-peer relationship, a peer leader/coach, who is in stable recovery provides social supports designed to fill the needs of people in or seeking recovery. The services are called peer recovery support services and, as the word peer implies, they are designed and delivered by people who have experienced both substance use disorder and/or mental health challenges and are now in their own recovery.
Why become a Peer Recovery Support Specialist?
A Peer Recovery Support Specialist is a person who is primarily interested in giving back, enhancing their life skills and connecting with members of the recovery community. A Peer Recovery Support Specialist must complete a rigorous training process and has the desire to help others achieve a life of recovery. Also known as a “Recovery Coach”, these individuals have personal and lived experience and are committed to their own recovery. Peer Recovery Specialists/Coaches help those who are new in recovery from substance use, mental health and co-occurring challenges, set recovery goals, develop a self-directed plan, and work toward those things a person wishes to achieve in their own personal recovery. Peer Recovery Support Specialists also provide coaching for those with a mental health diagnosis and co-occurring challenges – the Peer Recovery Specialist provides the guidance and process of change through which the individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self directed life and strive to reach their full potential. Peer Recovery Support Specialists/Coaches and peers typically meet once a week. PRSS help with issues such as housing, employment, drug court, education, families and much more. PRSS/Coaches also engage with people who are waiting to access treatment, achieve abstinence and those receiving medicated assisted treatment (MAT).