We often get asked, “What is a Peer Recovery Coach?” One of our staff members shared this thought, and I hope it helps.
Peer recovery coaches are exactly what the name says…
Peer – A person who has lived the life, met the challenges, experienced the hardships and walks side-by-side with someone who is struggling with similar challenges and situations. A peer is someone who can listen and knows it’s not always an easy path.
Recovery – Is a self-directed process of change through which people improve their health and wellness. Peer Recovery Coaches have found a new way of living and it’s called recovery. A Peer Recovery Coach can share their own story, what recovery means to them, and support you as you determine what recovery means for you.
Coach – When someone is sorting out their life, a coach will encourage, support, celebrate, and be honest. A coach has experience running the race, playing the game, and fighting the fight. They offer their experience as help and support for other people. They know what “day one” in recovery feels like, and they know what it’s like to fall down and get back up. They also realize that life can be amazing, and Recovery is Possible!
We are proud to share the story of C.A. Cowser which illustrates the impact our Peer Recovery Coaches have in each of their peer’s recovery journeys.