Position type: Volunteer

Time commitment: Minimum 3 hours per week, maximum 15 hours per week

Reports to: Peer Support Program Manager

An ARCNH Peer Recovery Coach’s role is to support individuals in recovery from Substance Use Disorder. A Peer Recovery Coach will serve as a role model, mentor, advocate and motivator to recovering individuals in order to help prevent set-backs and promote long-term recovery. 


  • 18 years of age or older
  • Has completed the following courses and can provide documentation (or is working to complete):
    • Recovery Coach Academy – 30 hours
    • Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches – 16 hours
    • Suicide Prevention –  6 hours
    • HIV Prevention – 6 hours
    • Motivational Interviewing – 6 hours
    • Psychological First Aid – 6 hours
    • First-Aid & CPR
  • Identifies as in recovery from Substance Use Disorder and is willing to share details of personal recovery experience (preferred but not required).
  • Has a working knowledge of a well known program of recovery such as a 12 step program, SMART Recovery, etc.


  • Provide one-on-one Recovery Coaching services in person or by phone for up to 5 program participants.
  • Assist program participants to identify their personal interests, goals, strengths and weaknesses regarding recovery
  • Assist program participants develop their own plan for advancing their recovery
  • 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 program participants’ plan for recovery
  • Identify barriers (internal and external) to full participation in community resources and develop strategies to overcome those barriers
  • Encourage program participants to proactively request support on a regular basis, make efforts to re-engage participants if they begin to distance themselves from the program
  • Maintain thorough documentation of services provided to all program participants
  • Participate in weekly Recovery Coach Program team meetings
  • Maintain a current knowledge of community resources and pathways to recovery, research new resources and pathways when necessary
  • Attend ARCNH events whenever possible


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