Looking for a Certified Recovery Mentor who can offer resources and support?
Our Certified Recovery Mentors (CRM) provide peer support in the form of knowledge, experience, emotional, social, or practical help. They serve as a role model, mentor, advocate, and motivators to recovering individuals in order to help prevent relapse and promote long-term recovery. Provoking Hope CRMs are certified through the Addictions Counselor Certification Board of Oregon.
How can a recovery mentor help?
What is the role of a recovery mentor?
Outreach Worker: Identifies and engages hard-to-reach individuals; offers living proof of the transformative power of recovery and demonstrates why recovery is an attractive option.
Motivator: Exhibits faith in peers’ capacity for change; encourages and celebrates their recovery achievements and mobilizes internal and external recovery.
Resources: Encourages the peer’s self-advocacy and economic self-sufficiency.
Ally and Confidant: Genuinely cares and listens to the peer. Can be trusted with confidence and can identify areas for potential growth.
Truth Teller: Provides feedback on the recovery progress. Identifies areas that have presented or may present roadblocks to continued abstinence.
Role Model and Mentor: Offers their life as living proof of the transformative power of recovery and provides state-appropriate recovery education.
Planner: Facilitates the transition from a professionally directed treatment plan to a peer-developed and directed personal recovery plan, and also assists in structuring daily activities around this plan.
Problem Solver: Helps resolve personal and environmental obstacles to recovery.
Resource Broker: Is knowledgeable of links for individuals or for their families, so sources of sober housing, recovery conducive employment, health, and social services, recovery support and matches the individuals to particular support groups or twelve-step meetings.
Monitor or Companion: When the client will be best served with regular, around-the-clock attendance, or attendance for a set number of hours per day, the peer may need a Sober Companion. A Sober Companion can be available for travel in and out of the county. The Sober Companion processes each peer’s response to professional services and mutual aid exposures to enhance engagement, reduce attrition, and resolve problems in the relationship. Additionally, the Sober Companion provides early re-intervention and recovery re-initiation services.
Tour Guide: Introduces newcomers into the culture of recovery; provides an orientation to recovery roles, rules, rituals, language, and etiquette; and opens doors for opportunities for community participation.
Advocate: Provides an invaluable service for those resistant to remaining abstinent from drugs and/or alcohol, but who must do so due to legal, medical, family, or contractual obligations, as well as, helping the individual’s families navigate complex social, service, and legal systems.
Educator: Provides a client with normative information about the stages of recovery. They can facilitate the process necessary to remain free from addiction, and inform peers of the professional helpers within the community and about the prevalence, pathways, and lifestyles of long-term recovery.
Community Organizer: Every member of the community support center helps develop and expand recovery support services, enhances cooperative relationships between professional service organizations and local recovery support groups; cultivates opportunities for people in recovery to participate in volunteerism, and performs other acts of service to the community.
Lifestyle Consultant/Coach: Supports the client through challenges arising from everyday activities. For some, this is done through several one-on-one sessions each week while some peers prefer daily telephone contact. Assists individuals and their families to develop sobriety-based rituals of daily living; and encourages activities across religious, spiritual, and secular frameworks that will enhance life meaning and purpose.
Friend: Provides sober companionship; a social bridge from the culture of addiction to the culture of recovery.