Peer recovery services are becoming an integral part of the process for those seeking or already in recovery from substance use. There appears to be quite a bit of confusion as to what does a Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS), also called a Recovery Coach (RC), do exactly. This interactive presentation is meant to help provide some clarity around that topic.
Randy is a person living in long term recovery and what that means to him is, he hasn't used drugs, alcohol, or any mood-altering substance since January 9, 2005. After receiving the life-saving gift of recovery, Randy completed his A.S. degree in addiction counseling and a B.A. in human services and worked as a full-time addiction counselor for two years at Eden House Recovery Services- the very same treatment facility where he was once a patient. A formerly incarcerated person sentenced to 87 months in prison as a first non-violent drug user, Randy is a nationally recognized advocate for recovery and justice reform. He served on the board of directors for the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition. There he was given the opportunity to testify during the 2015/2016 legislative session in front of several legislative committees during the drug sentencing reform hearings. Because of his testimony - and that of others - MN had the most significant change in drug sentencing in nearly three decades. He is grateful to know because of those sentencing guideline changes, approximately 700 less people will be incarcerated yearly because they have a treatable disease. He lives with his wife, dog and cat in Golden Valley, MN. In March 2019 Randy decided to follow his passion and venture out on his own and started Bold North Recovery and Consulting.