Information about the concept of recovery:
According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
Recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. There are four major dimensions that support recovery:
Recovery Coach Training:
If interested in becoming a recovery coach, please contact us at 361.461.3175 for the next available training.
Please complete the self assessment located below and if any questions arise you may visit hhs.texas.gov/ or contact our offices at 361.461.3175 for more information.
Information about Peer Specialist careers:
The Peer Support Specialist uses their own unique, life-altering experience in order to guide and support others who are in some form of recovery.
Evidence Based for Peer Support:
Peer leaders can provide social support services to individuals at all stages on the continuum of change that constitutes the recovery process. The Prochaska, Norcross, and DiClementi (1995) stages of change model has identified the stages of precontemplation, contemplation, determination/preparation, action, maintenance, and relapse. Whether peers are familiar with these stages of change or not, most can relate to the idea that recovery takes place in stages. RCSP projects have developed peer recovery support services that meet needs of people at different stages of the recovery process.
The services may:
■ Precede formal treatment, strengthening a peer’s motivation for change
■ Accompany treatment, providing a community connection during treatment
■ Follow treatment, supporting relapse prevention
■ Be delivered apart from treatment to someone who cannot enter the formal treatment system or chooses not to do so.
Furthermore, peer services can provide social support within the context of many different pathways to recovery, including pathways that are predominantly religious, spiritual, or secular; involve medication assistance; or focus on cultural survival and renewal as avenues to recovery.
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Peer Specialist Services
Description of Services:
We offer two teams of individuals who assist with recovery support. Recovery Support Services (RSS) and Youth Recovery Community (YRC).
Both RSS and YRC provide services that help meet the needs of participants, their families, and the community to help them on their journey of recovery. YRC caters to the adolescent population in recovery while RSS focuses on the adult population.
RSS and YRC services include but are not limited to: face to face recovery coaching, telephone recovery coaching, recovery support groups, re-entry support, recovery wellness planning, alcohol and drug education services, recovery education services, GED prep, job readiness, life skills, employment skills building, health and wellness supports, referral services, monthly social activities.
Description of Typical Workday:
Assisting clients with obtaining necessary paperwork and/or documentation needed for employment, job search assistance, processing intakes for new clients, attending various events within the community to boost awareness, rides to and from necessary appointments, holding group, hosting sober social events, and anything else that would work to ensure the client stays sober. Removing any and all barriers.
Background Check Requirements:
Can not have any open law violations
Can not be on parole or probation
For more information please visit the following websites:
Texas Peer Certification Board:
Peer Support Services (HHSC):
Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals: