Peer Recovery Coach



As the recovery movement unfolds and gravitates towards a chronic care model approach to substance use disorder, clinical treatment and recovery support services much be integrated. Peer recovery support services continue to provide a complimentary approach and services to the clinical treatment model. Peer recovery support services are an integral component of the continuum of care and can provide services that assist with filling gaps in clinical treatment and continued access to building, and maintaining, recovery capital.

Peer Recovery Support Services are:

  • Services that assist individuals and families initiate, stabilize and sustain their personal pathway to recovery
  • Non-clinical services
  • Identifying and assisting with removal of barriers to accessing and maintaining recovery
  • Examples that recovery is possible
  • Self-directed

Peer Recovery Services are not:

  • Clinical substance use treatment services
  • Mutual-aid support (i.e. sponsors, clergy etc.)

Examples of Peer Recovery Support Services:

  • Peer Recovery Coaching
  • Peer facilitated groups
  • Peer operated recovery community centers
  • Assist with creation and maintenance of Wellness Recovery Action Plan
  • Linkage to recovery pathway supports
  • Coaching specific to persons identified goals
  • Linkage to health-related services
  • Self-directed goal setting and advancement
  • Many other non-clinical services
Peer Recovery Support Services Encompass Four Types of Social Support
  • Emotional
  • Informational
  • Instrumental
  • Affiliational

Peer Recovery Support Services assist with identifying and building Recovery Capital


  • Build’s on individuals’ strengths and capacities
  • Responsibility for recovery shared by individual, family and community
  • Identification and connection to recovery-support services
  • trategies to identify and create a plan of action to address personal needs to access and maintain recovery

For more information related to Peer Recovery Support Services and linkage to training: Addiction Peer Recovery Coach Training: Certified Recovery Specialist Training:

For any questions regarding peer recovery support services or to gain more insight into how peer recovery support services can compliment your organization and/or communities recovery efforts, please contact Indiana Association of Peer Recovery Support Services (IAPRSS) Project Manager Justin Beattey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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