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Recovery Coach Academy

For anyone interested in supporting recovery by removing barriers to recovery and serving as a personal guide and coach for people interested or already in recovery, the Recovery Coach Academy developed by Connecticut Communities for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) is an exciting opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge to support individuals and their families in recovery.

Recovery coaching is for people both in recovery from addiction themselves or for people (friends or family members, allies) who have been affected by another’s addiction. Recovery Coaching is a peer-based addiction recovery support service that is non-clinical and designed to engage others beyond recovery initiation through stabilization and into recovery maintenance. Similar peer interventions in clinical settings have been shown to improve engagement and retention of people seeking services and is effective in reducing incidents of return to use. Research also shows that long-term treatment and/or recovery outcomes are improved by assertive linkages to community-based recovery supports such as Recovery Coaching.

This five (5) day training academy will provide you with the skills to guide, educate, and support anyone who would like to enter or continue their recovery from alcohol and other drugs, and take actions to reach personal goals in their lives.The NCSAPPB has approved this training for 30 SA-specific continuing education hours. UNC Behavioral Health Springboard also approves NC Certified Peer Support Specialists to use RCA to fulfill the additional training hours beyond their core 40 to become specially trained to work with folks living with substance use as a primary or co-occurring disorder.

Participants will: 

  • Describe Recovery Coach role and functions;
  • List the components, core values and guiding principles of recovery;
  • Build skills to enhance relationships;
  • Explore many dimensions of recovery and recovery coaching;
  • Discover attitudes about self disclosure and sharing your story;
  • Understand the stages of recovery;
  • Describe the stages of change and applications;
  • Increase their awareness of culture, power and privilege;
  • Address ethical and boundaries issues;
  • Experience recovery wellness planning;
  • Practice newly acquired skills.


Those interested in becoming trainers of the Recovery Coach Academy© can attend a concurrent Training-of-Trainers which will be offered in an additional two hours following each training day and all day Saturday following the Academy. The TOT is designed to familiarize participants with the full curriculum and to learn optimal methods of delivering the RCA. The TOT is not a training primer, therefore those selecting to attend the TOT need to be seasoned trainers.

To sign up, contact RCNC at

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