Career Level Others
Experience 2 Years
Industry Substance use disorder treatment
Looking for an Orange County, CA Peer Recovery Support Specialist with the following qualifications: High school diploma/G.E.D. and 2 letters of recommendation; must have lived experience as a person in recovery from substance use disorder, worked within the last two years with at least 12 months total of successful or part or full time paid or voluntary work experience and have acquired or meet the qualifications for certification as a Certified Peer Recovery Mentor/Specialist. Individual must have an understanding of and respect for each individual’s unique path to recovery. Specialist must have a working knowledge of the drug and alcohol treatment system and a demonstrated commitment to the recovery community.
The Recovery Specialist’s role is to support others in recovery from a substance use disorder. The Recovery Specialist will serve as a role model, mentor, advocate and motivator to recovering individuals in order to help prevent relapse and promote long-term recovery. The Recovery Specialist must demonstrate an ability to share personal recovery experiences and to develop authentic peer-to-peer relationships.
Duties and Functions:
1. Maintain project logs, reports and records in appropriate files and database(s).
2. Provide recovery education to service recipients for every phase of the recovery journey from
pre-recovery engagement, recovery initiation, recovery stabilization, and sustained recovery
3. Provide a model for both people in recovery and staff by demonstrating that recovery is
4. Assist recovering persons to identify their personal interests, goals, strengths and weaknesses
5. Assist/coach recovering persons develop their own plan for advancing their recovery; for
“getting the life they want.”
6. Recovery Planning — facilitate (via personal coaching) the transition from a professionally
directed service plan to a self-directed Recovery Plan. The goal should be to transition from
professionally assisted recovery initiation to personally directed, community supported
7. Promote self advocacy by assisting recovering persons to have their voices fully heard; their
needs, goals and objectives established as the focal point of rehabilitation and clinical services.
8. Actively identify and support linkages to community resources (communities of recovery,
educational, vocational, social, cultural, spiritual resources, mutual self- help groups,
professional services, etc.) that support the recovering person’s goals and interests. This will
involve a collaborative effort including the recovering person, agency staff and other relevant
9. Support connections to community based, mutual self-help groups. Link individuals to
appropriate professional resources when needed. Provide vision-driven hope and
encouragement for opportunities at varying levels of involvement in community based
activities (e.g., work, school, relationships, physical activity, self-directed hobbies, etc.).
10.As recovery specialist position evolves and knowledge increases, visit community resources
with recovering persons to assist them in becoming familiar with potential opportunities.
11.Identify barriers (internal and external) to full participation in community resources and
developing strategies to overcome those barriers.
12.Maintain contact by phone and/or e-mail with recovering person after they leave the program
to insure their ongoing success and to provide re-engagement support in partnership with
others in the agency if needed. Long-term engagement, support, and encouragement.