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What is Recovery Coaching?

Recovery Coaching is a form of strength-based, healing-centered support for persons in or seeking recovery from alcohol, substances, and other addictions. Similar to life and business coaching, Recovery Coaching is a type of partnership where the person in or seeking recovery self-directs their recovery while the coach provides their expertise in supporting successful change.


Recovery Coaching focuses on achieving any goals important to the individual. The coach asks questions and offers suggestions to help the client begin to take the lead in addressing his/her recovery needs. Recovery Coaching focuses on honoring values and making principle-based decisions, creating a clear plan of action, and using current strengths to reach future goals. The coach serves as an accountability partner to help the person sustain his/her recovery. The Recovery Coach helps the person access recovery, as well as access systems needed to support recovery.

How is Recovery Coaching different?

Recovery Coaches are unlike licensed addiction counselors in that coaches are non-clinical and do not diagnose or treat addiction or any mental health issues, However, a coach may assist in accessing clinical services. Recovery Coaching is a peer-based service that is developed and provided mainly by persons who are in recovery themselves and as a result have gained knowledge on how to attain and sustain recovery, and also by those involved in the recovery initiation of others.


The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© and Ethical Considerations is a 6-day intensive training academy focusing on providing individuals with the skills needed to guide, mentor, and support anyone who would like to enter into or sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. This training also includes the ethical considerations for recovery coaches which addresses many areas including defining the coaching service role and functions, coaching standards, issues of vulnerability, ethical decision-making, performance enhancement, and legal issues. This course will help Recovery Coaches maintain good boundaries when serving others.


Online Training Dates / Times:

RCA - May 15-18, 2023 / 8:30 am to 5 pm

Ethics - May 19 & 20, 2023 / 8 am to 5 pm 

This training is approved by NAADAC and accepted nationally at most certification boards including IC&RC Member boards, we do encourage participants to check with their local board prior to signing up for any course. 

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