Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialists (CPRSS) are individuals who have lived experience with substance use or co-occurring mental health disorders either through their own experience or that of a loved one. Their life experiences and recovery allow them to provide recovery support in such a way that others can benefit from their experiences.
The purpose of the experiential-based Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist credential is to standardize the knowledge and competency of peer support to individuals with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialists can provide support to others with mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorder and help them achieve their personal recovery goals by promoting self-determination, personal responsibility, and the empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery.
A substantial number of research studies demonstrate that peer support improves client functioning, increases client satisfaction, reduces family burden, alleviates depression and other symptoms, reduces homelessness, reduces hospitalizations and hospital days, increases client activation, and enhances client self-advocacy.
The Peer Recovery Support Specialist Credential is a step in the career ladder for those who are working toward a Substance Use Disorder Certification. The CADTP Peer Recovery Support Specialist certification meets the standards set by California.
In a work setting, the Peer Recovery Support Specialist’s role is to support others in recovery from a substance use disorder. The Recovery Support Specialist serves as a role model, mentor, advocate, and motivator to recovering individuals in order to help prevent relapse and promote long-term recovery.
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