Recovery Companion Support Services

Post Treatment Services holds Recovery Companions to the highest standards

In recent years the Addiction Treatment and Behavioral Health fields have been moving toward the long overdue recognition that Peer Recovery Support Services would greatly benefit from standardized training and credentialing. However, to date Sober Companions and Recovery Companions are still an unregulated profession and as such, it falls on us to regulate ourselves.

To that end, PTS continually examines our own standards, modifying them as we grow and learn and advocating that these standards be held to all professionals working in such close relationships with newly recovering people.

At PTS we share our standards with others in our field in an effort to educate and support all companions, whether they work with us or not. Ultimately our collective mission and our bottom line is that an addict or person in distress gets the support they need from someone who is prepared to meet that need. A qualified companion’s skills, coupled with knowledgeable and experienced supervision, are unparalleled in ensuring a successful recovery.

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Recovery Companion and Supervisory Team Standards of Care

PTS Recovery Companions and Case Supervisors participate in ongoing self-care practices and continuing training and education activities to keep current in the field. Through this training and education they have knowledge of chemical and process addictions, and community-based resources necessary to facilitate client recovery, engagement, and retention. This ongoing training refines their skills particularly in setting and maintaining professional boundaries and limits, conveying compassion and concern for individuals on a consistent basis, and providing sensitive care with regard to age, gender, sexual orientation, culture and religious beliefs. They are proficient at client advocacy that includes advocating for and practicing healthy behaviors and lifestyle: nutrition; exercise; sleep; stress management and emotional intelligence for client and for self.

Through supervision and training our companions are able to differentiate between issues that are routine and those requiring escalation to a higher level of care. They function as a member of a multidisciplinary team and can discuss care with physicians, mental health professionals, nurses and other care team professionals. Companions identify, refer and facilitate contact with community resources, and refer clients to appropriate health care professionals when necessary.

Recovery companions support client compliance with treatment and aftercare goals, assist clients in prioritizing and summarizing client goals, and assist clients in acquiring appropriate explanation of medical documentation and treatment plans, review, create or update client reintegration care plan and options. They do this through the use of motivational techniques, by providing life skills training and basic health, recovery, and life skills education, knowledge of conflict resolution, stress management techniques, and effective communication skills. They communicate and practice in a professional and ethical manner. Companions and supervisors in collaboration assess the nature of the work events clients will be attending, dress appropriately and professionally, and support clients in reintegrating into various family, work, living situations, and community peer-based support systems. They will have knowledge of the travel and transport procedures and documentation necessary to support a client through every step of his or her journey.


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