Recovery specialists provide non-clinical services and supports to people with substance abuse disorders. Recovery
specialists have received training on substance abuse disorder treatment and recovery. Peer
specialists have also had personal experience with substance abuse. Recovery specialists assist an
individual with a substance abuse disorder in navigating and coordinating services throughout the continuum of
care. In addition to coordinating healthcare services, recovery specialists may assist with navigating services
in the criminal justice system, child welfare services, or the military health system.
Resources to Learn More
What Are Peer Recovery Support
An overview of the various types of services typically needed by individuals in recovery.
Organization(s): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Addition in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health
A comprehensive report on the neurobiology, prevention, treatment, and recovery of substance addiction. Chapter
6 covers the role of healthcare systems in substance abuse treatment, including how coordination of services can
improve chances of recovery.
Organization(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services