Recovery support specialists provide care for individuals recovering from substance abuse issues. These professionals perform a number of patient-related responsibilities such as conducting assessments, leading group sessions, helping develop life skills, and potentially facilitating interventions. Most of the recovery support specialist's work takes place in a facility equipped to handle substance abuse issues (such as a rehabilitation facility), though these specialists may perform outpatient- and intervention-related duties in alternative settings; in these cases, reliable transportation to reach alternate sites is necessary.
Generally, recovery support specialists must provide an understanding and empathetic environment in which patients can discuss and learn to cope with stressors related to substance abuse. They generally work alongside other professionals who handle substance abuse issues and are supervised by a program coordinator. Recovery support specialists generally work full time; however, some facilities may have urgent care patients in need of care 24 hours a day.
This work requires a high school diploma or equivalent in addition to certification as a credentialed recovery support specialist (CRSS). Additional requirements may include previous experience in a related role, a clean driving record if driving is needed, and a successful pre-employment drug screening.
Recovery Support Specialist Tasks
Gather information about patients using interviews, case histories, observations and assessments.
Facilitate and lead group and education sessions.
Manage caseload and documentation.
Develop individual intervention, treatment and recovery plans.
Perform substance abuse or other disorder evaluations for patients.