Peer recovery coaches walk side by side with individuals seeking recovery from substance use disorders. They help people to create their own recovery plans and develop their own recovery pathways. Recovery plans and other supports are customized, and build on each individual’s strengths, needs, and recovery goals. Recovery coaches provide many different types of support, including:


  • Emotional: Showing empathy and concern.


  • Informational: Forming connections to information and referrals to community resources that support health and wellness.


  • Instrumental: Concrete supports such as hous­ing or employment.


  • Affiliation: Support with connections to recovery community supports, activities, and events.


People who have worked with peer recovery coaches attest to the positive effects peer recovery support has had on their recovery journeys. The research validates these observations. While the body of research is still expanding, mounting evidence suggests that people who receive peer recovery coaching exhibit reductions in substance use, improvements in various recovery outcomes, or both.

Peer recovery support is rooted in a culture of hope, health, and wellness and concentrates on long-term recovery. Long-term peer recovery support encompasses self-actualization, community and civic engagement, overall wellness, and reducing or eliminating symptoms. The unique relationship between the peer recovery coach and the individual in or seeking recovery is based on trust and centered on providing the individual with the tools, resources, and support necessary to achieve long-term recovery.

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