At Communities for Recovery we say, “Give to Keep.” As a trained Peer Recovery Coach, you can keep your sobriety strong by giving support and guidance to others who are newer to recovery.

Communities for Recovery is proud to provide a structured way for individuals who have lived experience in recovery to help others along their recovery journeys.

Our training is your first step towards becoming certified. You will learn how to draw from your own experiences and recovery best practices to be an effective coach and mentor. The training is offered several times throughout the year, on weekdays and weekends.

Contact Training and Leadership Coordinator with questions.

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.

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.

The cost for the five-day Peer Support Specialist Training is $425, which includes breakfast each day and snacks. Additional expenses you may want to budget for are travel, overnight accommodations, and evening meals.

Communities for Recovery occasionally offers training scholarships. We receive a high number of requests for scholarships and are unable to grant all requests. All scholarship applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. Only active Communities for Recovery volunteers that have been active for at least 3 months and have documented at least 25 hours of service work are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Following the RSPS/PRSS training, volunteers under the CforR Training Scholarship agree to continue to volunteer for at least 3 additional months and log an additional 25 hours of volunteer service hours. If you meet these eligibility requirements, contact our training coordinator at to apply.

If you are not an active active volunteer and would like to apply to become one, you may contact our volunteer coordinator, Click here to download an application.

To become a certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist in the State of Texas, you must meet the minimum education and residency requirements, verify your education and training, complete 250 hrs. of  work experience (volunteer or paid) with 25 hrs. supervision, pass the International Peer Examination, and pay a fee for your certificate. The certification is valid for two years once you have earned it. Learn more at

Upcoming Training Dates

All trainings below are from 9am – 5pm.

Peer Support Supervisor (PSS) Training

April 9th

Peer Support Core Training

April 3rd
May 1st
June 5th
July 10th

RSPS/PRSS 46-hour supplement Training

March 9-13th
May 11-15th
July 13-17th

RSPS Training Application 2019

Download and complete the application to the best of your ability, and send it to our training coordinator at Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted for a brief interview.

Naloxone Training

Every Friday
Offered to the public at NO cost!
10:30 am – 11:00 am
Communities for Recovery
4110 Guadalupe, Bldg. 635
Austin, TX 78751
Brought to you courtesy of the Austin Area Opioid Workgroup and Communities for Recovery, contact for more info!

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Learn how to respond to an overdose emergency

Get Naloxone Now is an online resource to train people to respond effectively to an opioid-associated overdose emergency.

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Being a peer recovery coach and volunteer was a real boost to my recovery at that time. Not just that I have helped other people on their journey to recovery, but it continues to keep my sobriety at an active level. I can’t keep my sobriety strong if I don’t give it away.

Valerie Milburn, Board Chair & Volunteer, Communities for Recovery
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