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What is a peer recovery specialist (PRS)?

Peer support workers are people who have been successful in the recovery process who help others experiencing similar situations. Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, peer support workers help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse. Peer support services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking a successful, sustained recovery process.

In Minnesota, Peer Recovery Specialists are trained and certified in best practices and ethical considerations. To maintain certification, they complete regular continuing education, training and supervision. 

What is the role of a peer recovery specialist?
  • Advocating for people in recovery

  • Sharing resources and building skills

  • Building community and relationships

  • Leading recovery groups

  • Mentoring and setting goals

  • Serving as a role model

  • Being a friend and ally

  • Telling the truth in love

  • Reaching out and engaging peers

  • Encouraging and being a cheerleader

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