10 Reasons You Want a Recovery Support Specialist By Your Side
- Ease transitions. Successful addiction treatment and lower readmission rates require continuous support, as the transition out of treatment is often much more difficult and less acknowledged than that of the transition into treatment. More than 50% of individuals discharged from addiction treatment rehabs resume alcohol and/or drug use within the following twelve months. In fact, the majority relapse within 30-90 days of discharge. Thus, recovery support specialists provide support during important transitions in order to bridge the gap between short-term treatment and lifelong recovery.
- Available at any time. Unlike many therapeutic resources, recovery support specialists are available to clients at any time of the day or night. The frequency of meetings between the client and recovery support specialist, as well as the and total length of the relationship, can range from a phone call every few weeks to 24/7 assistance, depending on what the client wants to accomplish and at what pace they are comfortable moving forward.
- Navigate community resources. Recovery support specialists can help clients find useful resources—medical professionals, tutors, volunteer opportunities, extra curricular activities, etc.—in order to help them develop healthy social interests, safe connections, and a recovery support network that is close to home.
- Set and achieve goals. The recovery support specialist functions as a professional mentor to help clients with goal setting and support steps toward those goals. The goal of the client determines the role of the recovery support specialist.
- Advocate for you. The recovery support specialist functions as an advocate for the person in recovery. They help individuals and families navigate the service system, assuring protection of rights and service responsiveness.
- Find your purpose; build a vision. Many individuals who are new to recovery struggle to fill their free time with healthy interests, hobbies, and social interactions because they are so used to relying on drugs to so. The recovery support specialist is there to help individuals explore their options so that they may live a purposeful, self-directed life.
- No hierarchy. While counselors and therapists spend more time examining the past, recovery coaches provide services to help clients work on future focused forward goals. The relationship established between a recovery coach and client is also more collegial in nature than that of the “doctor-patient” relationship between a therapist and client.
- Resume building and job searching. The recovery support specialist can help individuals with resume building, job hunting, and career navigation. Their duties are similar to that of a life coach in the sense that they help with organization and time management.
- Accountability. The collegial nature of the relationship between a recovery support specialist and client provides the client with a sense of trust-based accountability, rather than the fear-based accountability presented in many hierarchical relationships. Drug testing can also be an objective tool to monitor a client's progress. Analysis of test results can provide direction for client program planning and performance improvement.
- Assist with communication within the family. The recovery support specialist may act as a liaison between the individual and his/her family members, especially during early recovery when communication can be difficult due to resentment, anger, or conflict. The recovery support specialist can offer an objective perspective, while still advocating for the best interest of the client.
Recovery Fusion provides a customized recovery coaching program—both part-time and full-time—that is tailored to fit the needs, strengths, and goals of each individual client. Our approach to recovery coaching is unique in that our coaches work directly with psychiatrists and psychologists to help clients implement what they learn in therapy to their daily routine. We recognize that recovery is not a one-size-fits-all process, so our coaches embrace ALL pathways to recovery, including (but not limited to): Life-Ring, 7-Challenges, Harm Reduction, Faith-Based, Wake-Up Recovery, Craft, 12-Step programs, SMART Recovery, Refuge Recovery, Women for Sobriety, and Holistic Healing. Please feel free to give us a call if you have questions or are interested in our recovery coaching service: (805)689-1256.
"Peer Support recovery is the future of behavioral health."
-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)