There are several variations in the roles and settings of recovery coaches. The main distinction is between the highly paid for-profit Recovery Coach and the peer recovery support specialist (PRS) working in an agency or volunteer organization.
A peer recovery coach at Communities for Recovery is PRS, a person with lived experience who supports and guides another person to achieve, sustain, or enhance their own recovery.
A PRS provides social support and wellness recovery planning:
Recovery Wellness Planning:
- Emotional Support – providing person-centered mentoring to bolster confidence and self-esteem
- Informational Support – sharing knowledge and information and/or skills training
- Instrumental Support – providing planning, or help accomplish tasks such as accessing services
- Affiliational Support – connecting with people in recovery, creating a sense of belonging
- Goals – a person’s needs, hopes, wishes, and dreams
- Challenges – the obstacles, barriers, and stigma of addiction
- Strengths – the assets, relationships, and recovery capital to leverage & enhance recovery
- Plans – the action steps to overcome challenges, and achieve goals
PRS’s are supervised in practice domains of ethical responsibility, mentoring, wellness, and advocacy.
Like other helpers, Peer Recovery Coaches guide a person to work towards their goals. Unlike other helpers they do not work on a specific program or therapy. They are not a sponsor, caseworker, or clinician. They are a peer who has been there and done that and can help them establish and maintain the foundation to be successful.
The role of the Peer Recovery Coach is to help the peer achieve their hopes and dreams through social support and person-centered recovery wellness plan