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What is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist?

Certified Peer Recovery Specialists help others on the path to recovery from mental health or substance abuse.  Recovery means different things to all of us.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognizes there are many different pathways to recovery and each individual determines his or her own way. SAMHSA defines recovery from mental health disorders and/or substance use disorders as:  A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

Recovery is whatever steps we take personally that help us heal from a mental health disorder or substance use
disorder or both.  

Certified Peer Recovery Specialists are peers. They have first-hand experience with mental illness and/or substance abuse and can offer support and understanding to help others.  They promote self-determination, personal responsibility, and empowerment.

The Certified Peer Recovery Specialists program began in 2007. Since then, more than 950 Certified Peer Recovery Specialists have been certified in Tennessee.

Are you ready to become a Peer Recovery Specialist?

  • Do you have at least 2 years of recovery time from a substance use addiction and / or mental illness?
  • Do you have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent?  Click this link to request your education records.
  • Are you comfortable sharing your recovery story with others?
  • Click Here to apply.