We welcome and support persons through all ages, stages, and dimensions of wellness. We build strength-based connections to achieve home, health, purpose, and community.
We treat our peers, partners, and each other with respect, understanding, and compassion on our journey of recovery.
We create a safe space and communicate with honesty and openness. We recognize the connection between trauma and addiction and act with appropriate awareness.
We believe that each person has unique challenges and strengths which they know best. We value the power of self-direction in building sustainable recovery.
We recognize and celebrate the excellence which comes from diversity. We openly share our views and life experiences through authentic conversations; creating a space where transformation is possible.
We show up with understanding and empathy based on our shared lived experience. We support and honor all pathways to recovery!
We believe that recovery should be fun and we will do all this together with as much laughter and joy as we can!
There are many challenges in the journey to recovery from substance use disorder. A peer mentor or coach is someone who has lived experience in recovery and can help guide you along the way.
Peer support is the connection of persons with lived experience in recovery to persons seeking to achieve or sustain recovery. Science has shown that social support is vital in building the resources to sustain recovery. Peer support can come in several forms, one-on-one, groups, direct, indirect, etc.
Peer mentoring & coaching are services provided at Communities for Recovery for individuals to build strengths and resources to sustain recovery. A person seeking to achieve or sustain recovery may work with a mentor or coach either one-on-one or in groups. Mentors are available on a provisional basis at our community center Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30. Groups occur throughout the week at times listed on our schedule. Formal paired coaching connections may emerge from these.
If you are interested in peer mentoring or have questions please drop by our community center at 4110 Guadalupe Street, or send us an email, or call (512) 758-7686.
Formal paired coaching is provided through targeted programs and partner agreements. This is a one-on-one partnership with a peer recovery coach made through direct referral. A recovery coach engages with an individual in recovery-wellness planning to build recovery capital. This type of coaching is provided by trained and certified Peer Recovery Support Specialists (PRS).
If you are interested in learning more about our partner coaching programs send us an email or call (512) 758-7686.
If you want to learn more about how to become a coach check out the PRC Training Program.
Who can participate in Peer Recovery Coaching?
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.
How are Peer Recovery Coaches different from other treatment providers?
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.
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.
"C4R is a great place to learn about resources available to help maintain living a sober life. They also have a computer lab, clothing closet, meditation room, and classes available. My peer recovery coach has helped me navigate a direction best suited for my recovery. This place helped me adjust after coming out of a treatment facility. Grateful for their services." - Wendy
Volunteers are the heart and soul of Communities for Recovery. Learn more about the many ways you can get involved as a volunteer.
Communities for Recovery started as a group of volunteers, and volunteers remain as the cornerstone of the organization today. We have so many ways you can give back and find purpose and belonging as a volunteer with us.
Opportunities range from one day, like helping us with a community outreach or fundraising event, to long term, like becoming a Peer Recovery Coach. Whatever your passion is, we can help you find a way to apply it in volunteering.
See our calendar of volunteer events or connect with us to get started!
Our Peer Recovery Coaching program is a major way that people who have lived experience in recovery can give back as a volunteer. Volunteers are also needed to staff the community center, facilitate groups and workshops, and help us connect with other resources in the community. We are also open to your ideas - connect with us to share your interests!
"Do I have to be a person in recovery to volunteer?"
No, we welcome anyone to be a volunteer. Having experiences with substance use or mental health is required for some positions, like Peer Recovery Coaching, but many of our other opportunities are open to anyone. Friends and loved ones of people in recovery have a very special place in our community as volunteers.
"How can I get started as a volunteer?"
Click here to download an application.
Connect with our Volunteer Coordinator
"When I volunteer for Communities for Recovery, I feel empowered. It gives me a feeling that I am doing my living amends. I’m now providing something for myself, doing something that I can be proud of, and that my family and my friends can be proud of"
The CforR Volunteer Program provided volunteers for:
63 support groups
16 wellness groups
1,920 group hours
7 trained mentors
19,333 support encounters
Over a dozen partner organizations
Many, many activities at our recovery support center