How much does the Institute cost?2018-04-19T13:49:44-05:00

The cost for the five-day Peer Recovery Coach Institute is $320, which includes breakfast each day and snacks. Additional expenses you may want to budget for are travel, overnight accommodations, and evening meals. Scholarships may be available, contact Training and Leadership Coordinator Selinda Stockley with questions.

What will I learn at the Peer Recovery Coach Institute?2018-04-19T13:49:05-05:00

Through lectures, discussions, and role plays, you will obtain a strong foundation in the core competencies of a recovery coach, including strength-based goal planning, social support, linkage to services, and building recovery capital. You will finish the training understanding the roles and responsibilities of a recovery coach and the process for obtaining certification.

What are the qualifications to become Peer Recovery Coach?2018-04-19T13:48:40-05:00

To become a Peer Recovery Coach, you must be age 18 or older, have lived experience with recovery, and have at least one year of continuous sobriety. It is also important that you are comfortable with publicly identifying as a person in recovery, and that you have a desire to help others with their recovery process.

How does a Peer Recovery Coach help?2018-04-15T05:02:42-05:00

A Peer Recovery Coach serves as a trusted source of understanding, support and mentoring. The Coach collaborates with their peer in early recovery to help that person set goals, build strengths, and connect to resources that help support recovery. Peer Recovery Coaches work in our center and out in community settings to help individuals get what they need to strengthen their sobriety.

Can family and friends take advantage of the other resources at CforR?2018-11-03T21:11:23-05:00

Yes! Family, friends, loved ones, and allies are welcome to attend any of the workshops, classes or events offered by Communities for Recovery. See the calendar for upcoming information, or stop by the center for a cup of coffee to get connected!

Why is it so important to have a program specifically for family and friends?2018-04-19T13:50:28-05:00

Supporting loved ones affected by addiction can be exhausting. Family systems become strained or broken under the weight of constant stress and dysfunction.  Family members and allies may struggle to support themselves in addition to their loved ones. By offering support, education and access to resources for them and their loved ones, our Family Program helps to lighten the load and encourages more self-care and wellness.

What services are available for family and friends?2018-04-15T04:59:03-05:00

We offer support groups, resource navigation, education, and coaching for family members, friends, or allies of individuals experiencing substance use. Our new Family Education Program provides tools and resources for families to address addiction in a healthy and constructive way. Contact Peggy Robinson, Family Program Coordinator, for information on upcoming sessions: (512) 657-0091 or robinson@cforr.org.

How are Peer Recovery Coaches different from other treatment providers?2018-04-19T13:48:01-05:00

Although they are trained helping professionals, Peer Recovery Coaches are not the same as sponsors, caseworkers, or clinicians. They don’t have to follow a specific treatment plan or program. Instead, they draw from their own lived experience, creativity, and wisdom to help guide and support someone earlier on in a recovery journey.

Who can participate in Peer Recovery Coaching?2018-04-20T14:02:55-05:00

Anyone who is experiencing any type of addiction and/or mental health conditions can request a Peer Recovery Coach. To become a Peer Recovery Coach, you must have lived experience with recovery and at least one year of sobriety. You also need to become certified as a peer recovery support specialist (PRS) through our Peer Recovery Institute.

Does CforR provide bus passes, financial assistance, food cards, etc.?2018-04-15T05:03:08-05:00

Communities for Recovery provides recovery support services to help persons build sustainable recovery. This may come in the form of social support, resource navigation, or recovery wellness planning. Our main focus is assisting people to find and support them accessing resources already available in the community. Some participants may be eligible for some material supports on a limited basis if formally engaged in long-term coaching. There is an application, screening, and selection process for this (if funding is available). A staff member or recovery mentor may assist with the application process. Social support and resource navigation are always available at no cost to participants in our resource center.

Where do I start if I’m new to recovery?2018-04-15T05:03:40-05:00

Quite a few resources exist for people seeking recovery or for people who want to learn about recovery. Below are a few links to get you started.

What does a recovery coach do?2018-04-15T05:05:05-05:00

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:

Social support:

  • 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

Recovery Wellness Planning:

  • 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

What is recovery?2018-04-15T05:10:42-05:00

The common definition of recovery is to get better from an illness or injury. Another concept is the process of overcoming an addiction or mental health disorder. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) defines recovery as “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”

Through the Recovery Support Strategic Initiative, SAMHSA has delineated four major dimensions that support a life in recovery:

Overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms—for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem—and for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well being.

A stable and safe place to live

Meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society

Relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope