+ Recovery Support

One of SoberHood's core activities is around recovery support. This is reflected in all three major projects: TROHN, RecoveryPeople and C.R.E.W.

Recovery Support Services (RSS) are non-clinical services aimed at start and sustain long-term recovery. They are  often delivered in conjunction with and complementary to the work of formal treatment and/or existing mutual aid groups, such as 12 Step. (SAMHSA, 2007)

Peer Recovery Support Services (PRSS)
Studies have documented the increased benefits of peer delivered services. Peer recovery services are a broader category of services, and while the share the peer-to-peer element, a clear distinction can be make between peer-delivered recovery support services and  12-step groups and other mutual aid supports.

(See Recovery Coach vs 12 Step Sponsor vs Councilor)

Examples of Peer Recovery Support Services

  • Recovery Community Centers
  • Recovery Residences (Recovery-oriented Housing)
  • Recovery Coaching
  • Recovery Wellness Planning
  • Recovery Resource Navigation
  • Peer Staffed Warm-lines / Help-lines
  • Recovery Checkups and Outreach
  • Recovery Support Groups
  • Recovery Supportive Activities and Social Events

Dimensions that Support a Life in Recovery

Recovery support can be grouped around the dimensions that support a life in recovery:
  • Health : overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) as well as living in a physically and emotionally healthy way;
  • Home: a stable and safe place to live;
  • Purpose: meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society; and
  • Community : relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.

Types of Recovery Support

(Adopted from What Are Peer Recovery Support Services? SAMHSA)
 Type     Description Example
 Emotional Demonstrate empathy, caring or concern to bolster person's self-esteem and confidence Peer mentoring
Peer-led support groups
 Informational     Share knowledge and information and/or provide life or vocational skills training. Parenting classes
Job readiness training
Wellness seminar
 Instrumental Provide concrete assistance to help others accomplish tasks Child care
Linkage to social services
 Affiliational Facilitate contacts with other people to promote learning of social and recreational skills, create community, and acquire a sense of belonging Recovery centers
Sports leagues
Drug-free social events