CARE's trained Recovery United team is ready to help connect individuals with a whole community of people in recovery
According to the National Institutes of Health, “[i]t is a matter of public health and safety to make drug abuse treatment a key component of the criminal justice system”. [SOURCE]
CARE’s trained Recovery United team is ready to help your case workers, parole officers, and probation supervisors connect individuals with a whole community of people in recovery. These types of community-based recovery support programs and services promote appropriate care coordination—and are substantially more cost-effective than incarceration.
If we can provide the right support for treatment and recovery, we can reduce initial involvement in the justice system—especially among non-violent offenders—while increasing self-sufficiency and minimizing recidivism rates.
What Do Peer Recovery Support Services Look Like?
CARE currently works with Macomb County Community Corrections to provide services to those on parole, probation, and under supervision within the criminal justice system. Each person served by CARE is matched with a certified Peer Recovery Coach through our Recovery United program. Peer recovery coaches have at least three years in recovery, and undergo extensive training. This training includes motivational interviewing and substance abuse assessment techniques, as well as evidence-based practices for relapse prevention. Coaches are sensitive to the likelihood of co-occurring mental illness, and appreciate the importance of mental health management for those seeking a life in recovery.
Peer Recovery Coaches work with justice-involved individuals returning to the community to ensure their transition and integration is well supported. Coaches understand that there can be many different barriers to recovery. They’re prepared with a wide range of resources and treatment options. Coaches can connect individuals to job search and career planning programs, as well as other services they need to become self-sufficient.
Everyone’s addiction struggle is unique. So is the combination of addiction treatments available. Each individual works with their coach to determine their individual path to recovery. This might include residential treatment, a 12-step program, medication-assisted treatment, mental health services, evidence-based behavioral therapy—or something completely different.
Peer recovery coaches typically work with an individual for six months to two years. We are accustomed to helping individuals at every point in their recovery, no matter their drug of choice or usage habit. We have demonstrated a high degree of success engaging individuals in our services—including “high risk” users and those traditionally resistant to engage with recovery. More often than not, this success can be traced back to our peer recovery coaches. Their lived experience forms a foundation for connection, and a profound understanding of how demanding recovery can be.