Recovery Recruitment works with a range of employers across the addiction treatment sector and has regular vacancies for Recovery Practitioners. We work closely with the larger community based addiction rehabilitation services, prisons and smaller treatment providers. What nobody argues with is that the recovery practitioner is the backbone of an effective addiction treatment service.
Recovery practitioners (also known as substance misuse workers or drug and alcohol workers) help people recover from entrenched addictions to alcohol, drugs or addictive behaviours such as gambling or food issues.
So, what do you need to become a recovery practitioner? The good news is that there are no formal entry requirements. You could come into this work from a variety of backgrounds, like nursing, criminal justice, social care, youth work or counselling. For example, you may have dealt with drug or alcohol-dependent patients as a nurse, or worked in the probation service, supporting people after their release from prison.
However, you don’t need to have any of this on your CV. If you have direct experience of addiction or dependency, you’ll almost certainly have a clear idea of the issues your future clients will be facing.
We looked at commonalities in our recovery practitioner vacancies and talked to some of our experienced candidates, many with lived experience of addiction, about their daily duties and responsibilities.
The Recovery Practitioner position offers you an opportunity to experience a wide variety of responsibilities. They could include:
As a recovery practitioner you’ll need to have strong interpersonal skills, be a strong empathetic communicator, be patient and to be a genuine team player – you’ll also need to pass an enhanced background check.
If you’re interested in learning more about recovery practitioner vacancies, visit our Jobs Dashboard
If you’re an employer, we’d love to hear from you to talk through what tops your list of skills needed by the very best recovery practitioner. Contact us here or call 0203 784 4471 for a chat about how we can deliver candidates who perfectly match your organisational needs and ethos.
We’d love to hear your comments on how Recovery Practitioners working in your organisations help improve service users’ lives and add value to the organisations they work for. What’s your own experience of working as a Recovery Practitioner?