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Recovery Specialist

Recovery for LIFE (RFL) recovery is a trauma informed out-patient substance abuse and co-occurring treatment program in North County San Diego. The Recovery for LIFE Recovery Specialist, under the supervision of the Recovery for LIFE Program Manager, is responsible for the coordination of and delivery of co-occurring and substance abuse services. The Recovery Specialist will deliver individual and group recovery services through a number of Evidenced Based Practices (EBP)—via a strengths-based, trauma-informed perspective. The Recovery for LIFE Recovery Specialist will provide substance abuse and psychoeducational groups encompassing a variety of topics related to life domains, relapse prevention strategies and coping skills.

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Specific Activities
  • Serves as a primary counselor for clients admitted to DMC services.
  • Provides Educational and Process groups and recovery services.
  • Assists with discharge and after care planning.
  • Provides crisis management as needed.
  • Conducts observed, random drug testing.
  • Provides services at Lifeline clinics in Vista, Oceanside and San Marcos.
  • Work as a liaison between RFL Program and other Lifeline programs to promote in-house program coordination and to provide clear communication among agency partners and programs.
  • Attends community, agency, and collaborative meetings to promote Lifeline and RFL services
  • Stays abreast of current and appropriate SUD treatment, co-occurring and trauma informed trends and best practices.
  • Provides trainings/workshops to include in-service presentations to staff regarding current data, trends and effects of substance abuse and youth.
  • Understands and is familiar with the 12-step recovery model.
  • Develops and implements substance abuse and life domain group curricula and updates curricula as trends/information changes utilizing evidence based practices.
  • Participates as part of the RFL Multidisciplinary Team.
  • Utilizes a trauma-informed, client-centered, culturally respectful approach and abides by the legal and ethical standards of the profession.
  • Accurately completes all required paperwork in a timely fashion in support program requirements
  • Maintains accurate records of activities for funding sources, contractors and research or oversight organizations.
  • Adheres to program-specific fiscal responsibilities.
  • Adheres to all DHCS Counseling Certification Standards.
  • Fulfills required Continuing Education and Contract Training Requirements.
  • Completes all other duties as assigned.
AOD certification required. BA in psychology, social work, human services plus 2 years related experience or equivalent experience in substance abuse and/or counseling, co-occurring treatment highly desired.  Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred. Must possess a professional demeanor, excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Well organized, detail oriented, and ability to work with minimum supervision. Be able to respond quickly and effectively to many types of situations, including crisis situations and potentially hostile situations.   Must be willing to develop or possess working knowledge of trauma-informed care. Must have good driving record and willing to use own, properly insured, reliable vehicle for the job (mileage reimbursed). Employment subject to clearances, including background finger printing checks, driving record, tuberculosis testing, and drug testing.
Compensation and Benefits
Your well-being matters at North County Lifeline!
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid holidays (13 days)
  • Exceptional medical, dental, vision, chiropractic and acupuncture coverage
  • Free health and wellness programs
  • Free Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance program
  • Great employee incentive award programs
  • Training and education assistance
  • Matched 403b retirement plan
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Menu of optional benefits, including short term disability, critical illness, accident, hospitalization and cancer policy
Salary will commensurate with experience and education. Differential pay offered for bilingual skills
Physical Demands/Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee will be required to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer. The employee may be exposed in an extremely stressful environment where there are considerable mental and emotional demands. Travel is required to multiple work sites.  Employee may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The employee may be in contact with individuals and families in crisis who may be ill, using substances and/or not attentive to personal health and safety for themselves. The employee may experience a number of unpleasant sensory demands associated with the client’s use of alcohol and drugs, and the lack of personal care. The employee must be ready to respond quickly and effectively to many types of situations, including crisis situations and potentially hostile situations.
Work Schedule
Monday-Friday (may include evening hours)