Returning to the real world after treatment for addiction is disorienting. After battling our personal demons, we return home fundamentally changed. We are eager to demonstrate our newfound strength and pay our debts forward by helping the next man. Below are two great opportunities for advancement in this field.
The therapeutic value of one addict helping another is without parallel
A Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) utilizes their own personal experience to help others through treatment and toward a path of sustained recovery from mental illness and/or substance abuse. Rick Mccomb of Northeast Indiana Mental Health America explains, “These specialists are required to have firsthand experience with these challenges, and to have at least a year of recovery”.
These specialists act as seasoned mentors by providing outreach, sharing problem-solving techniques, and promoting accountability. CRS Certification involves a 5-day training and is offered locally in Indianapolis this April 23rd-27th through Indiana Peer Recovery.
Recovery Coaching provides another great framework for recovering addicts to provide service. Indiana Counselors Association on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ICAADA) offers credentialing processes to prepare addiction professionals. These qualifications are more training-oriented and include multiple tiers and titles depending on an individual’s experience.
Veterans in recovery may be interested in ICAADA’s upcoming training to prepare Recovery Coaches this June 18th-22nd in South Bend, which will teach underlying principles of recovery as well as the mentoring skills necessary to pass on what they have learned.
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Those of us who are overcoming our addictions understand that we have been given the power to help others—indeed, it is the cornerstone of our own recovery.