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An Environmental Scan: Certified Peer Specialists/Recovery Coaches in the Substance Use Disorders Field

Since the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in 1935, and the modern addictions recovery movement, the support of peers has been recognized as an essential part of recovery. As the recovery movement evolved, the role and the competencies of peer providers have been further defined. To some, however, the involvement of peers has not been fully integrated into the substance use disorders (SUD) continuum of care, with their roles viewed only as volunteers. This Environmental Scan will reveal that the involvement of peers within the SUD field continues to change as roles are further expanded, integrated, defined, and funded. Specifically, there are growing numbers of certified and non-certified peer specialists and recovery coaches being trained and funded throughout the SUD field.