Peer Recovery


Peer recovery coaching is the process of giving non-clinical assistance to persons in recovery from substance use disorders. A peer recovery coach uses the life experience of recovery, combined with training, to assist others in starting and maintaining sobriety.


What is a Peer Recovery Coach?

  • Walks side by side with individuals seeking recovery from substance use disorders

  • Creates a unique relationship grounded in trust

  • Helps individuals create their own recovery plans

  • Provides emotional and influential support while sharing connections to community resources

  • Removes barriers while providing hope, motivation and encouragement

  • Connects individuals with life skills and resources 

Why work with a Peer Recovery Coach?

There are strong testimonies of the positive impact peer recovery support has on recovery journeys. While research is still ongoing, there is rising evidence that people receiving peer recovery coaching show improvements on a range of recovery outcomes.

  • Increased self-worth and empowerment

  • Reduced relapse rates

  • Improved relationships with family, friends and in the community

  • Increased engagement with treatment/recovery services

  • Decreased criminal justice involvement

This is a free service. To request a peer coach click here.

Interested in becoming a Peer Recovery Coach?

Here's what you need:

  • 2 continuous years substance-free

  • CCAR Certification or ability to attend 5 Day CCAR Recovery Coach Academy at no cost ($850 value). Must attend all 5 days to receive achievement certificate. Registration is required.

  • Attend a 16-hour CCAR Ethics class within 6 months of hire

  • Pass a background check and sex offender registry check

  • Pass a drug screen within 48 hours of being offered a position

  • Must have reliable transportation

  • Available to work on a contractual basis with FAN. (Position & hours are not guaranteed.)

  • This is a paid position.

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Recovery Coach for FAN, please complete the form below.  One of our supervisors will contact you shortly.

This project is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Substance Fiscal Year 2018 State Opioid Response Grant (SOR) T/-18-015, awarded to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Points of view or opinions contained within this document do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of SAMHSA or MDHHS.

FAN offers Interpretative/Mobility Services. If you are interested in Peer Recovery Coaching, but need assistance due to limited English language proficiency or hearing/sight/physical impairment, please contact us at, or call 586-438-8500.