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What is a peer recovery coach?

The Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) defines a peer recovery coach as someone who, “promotes recovery and removes barriers and obstacles to recovery, serving as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking or already in recovery from an addiction to alcohol and or other drugs.”

Recovery United Community Center peer recovery coaches (PRC) are trained to the highest standard of evidenced based practices in the peer recovery field. Peer recovery coaches are in long-term recovery and working towards or have attained a certification in peer recovery services. All peers are certified through Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) or Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Peers have lived experience that allows them to effectively navigate treatment systems and pathways to achieve sustained recovery. Individuals who have identified that their substance use causes problems in any area of life can work with a peer to find a pathway of recovery that works for them based on their personal definition of recovery.

What does lived experience mean?

Lived experience is someone who has had success in their recovery goals over a period of time, developing useful and healthy skills to get through life.

Lived experience is an invaluable asset because it inspires an individual to want recovery.

As a peer recovery coach, we walk beside you throughout your journey while you build your own recovery foundation.

How do I connect with a peer recovery coach?

Call us or stop by the Recovery United Community Center to get connected with a coach today!

Everyone is eligible for FREE RUCC services and programming. Recovery United Community Center offers a variety of services and programming to meet your self-identified needs.

We offer a non-judgmental, inclusive, safe-space, that welcomes you and meets you where you’re at (physically, emotionally, spiritually) that day.

How do peer recovery coaches help?

PRCs provide education on substance use disorders. This helps the individual understand their substance use patterns, strengthening their awareness and supporting changed behavior.

Based on your definition of recovery, a coach will help you identify goals and lead you to pathways that help you achieve those goals. A RUCC peer recovery coach will never tell you how to define your own recovery. Our approach is person-centered.

Peer recovery coaches help you navigate and access resources available to achieve your recovery goals.

You can have a RUCC peer recovery coach and not engage in the RUCC’s programming, or you can engage in RUCC’s programming and not have a RUCC peer recovery coach.