Certified Recovery Specialist

A Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) is an individual with personal, lived experience in their own recovery. The CRS completes required training and certification and receives support from the CRS supervisor.

By offering insight into the recovery process based on their own experience, recovery specialists are able to provide a unique perspective to those with similar life experiences. The role of the CRS is collaborative and strength-based, with the primary goal of assisting individuals in achieving sustained recovery. The CRS supports the person to find their own individual path to recovery.

Some of the benefits of peer support include: 

  • Decreased substance use and depression
  • An increase in self-esteem and confidence
  • An increased sense of control and the ability to bring about positive changes
  • An increased sense that treatment is responsive and inclusive of needs
  • An increased sense of hope and inspiration
  • An increased empathy and acceptance


Certified Family Recovery Specialists (CFRS)A Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) is an adult who has been directly impacted by their own family member or loved one’s substance use disorder. As with CRS, all CFRS complete required training and certification and receive support from the CRS supervisor.

The CFRS shares their lived experience with other families to provide recovery support services, and understands the stigma associated with substance use disorder and its impact on the family. They are trained to help families move into and through the recovery process.


ContactThe Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.  |  1-800-221-6333

Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.  |  215-444-2700