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Becoming a Certified Recovery Coach

Becoming a Certified Recovery Coach


How Can Recovery Coaching Benefit People?

 The longer someone spends in addiction treatment and recovery, the more likely they are to achieve and maintain long-term abstinence. Long-term care is essential, and professional recovery coach training is a fantastic method for people in recovery to stay engaged. Transitioning from residential treatment or sober living back into your community can be tough, but a skilled recovery coach can help you manage and work through those challenges. They will also assist you to achieve your objectives and stay focused on sobriety.


A recovery coach differs from a therapist or a sponsor in several ways. A recovery coach acts as an advocate, a guide, a leader, and a mentor for those in recovery. Their role is to not just keep their client sober, but also to help them create a meaningful life. It is something that everyone in recovery can benefit from.


Importance Of Recovery Coaching


A recovery coach is a person who gives mentoring and support to someone in early recovery from addiction or to someone who is struggling to overcome a specific challenge at any point in their recovery. A recovery coach gives accountability and guidance on a regular basis, usually twice a week. It will frequently collaborate with a therapist to provide further support to individuals seeking more comprehensive ‘recovery coaches’ for patients.


  1. Harm Reduction


Not everyone who seeks treatment for substance misuse opts for an abstinence-based approach to recovery. Most recovery coaches agree that harm minimization is a completely appropriate objective. A recovery coach can assist you in making decisions about your health and recovery that are consistent with your objectives. You and your coach can adapt your recovery plan as your experience with recovery evolves.


  1. Relapse Prevention


Relapse prevention is recovery from substance misuse which is an important part of it. The main point to work with a recovery coach is to identify relapse triggers. Individuals are better able to avoid relapse by understanding common or persistent triggers. When relapse does occur, the accountability of working with a recovery coach may assist to shorten the duration of the recurrence.


  1. Accountability


A recovery coach is someone with whom you meet on a regular, predetermined basis. This is an important opportunity for accountability. You know that your recovery coach expects to hear from you at regular intervals. So you don’t have to wonder if your call is wanted or if you’re a “burden” for reaching out to a buddy or someone in a mutual-aid program. Your coach will assist you in tracking your progress toward your objectives.


4 Reasons How Recovery Coaching Benefits


  1. Smoother Transition


It might be difficult to make the transition from typical residential therapy to recovery. It’s a significant change and a big responsibility to go from a highly controlled atmosphere with defined expectations to one that asks you to take the wheel. Clients frequently receive continuing care plans after leaving therapy. It details exactly what they must do to maintain their progress. By advocating for their recovery and connecting them with useful resources, the recovery coach helps to keep their client on track.


  1. Get Connected with Resources


An ongoing care plan spells out the measures you’ll need to follow to keep your recovery going. Attending meetings, seeing a therapist, continuing your education, re-entering the workforce, resolving legal concerns, arranging sober living arrangements, and anything else that helps in the establishment of your new life in sobriety are examples of this. A rehabilitation coach provides you with the tools you’ll need to be successful.


  1. Family Support


Drug abuse strains relationships, and many family members of those suffering from substance abuse disorder or addiction. They are responsible for their loved one’s care. A recovery coach relieves family members of this burden, allowing them to focus on loving and supporting their loved ones. Thus, the recovery coach keeps their loved ones on track. A recovery coach can also give family members training and instruction on themes such as addiction, good communication, providing support without enabling, and relapse prevention.


  1. Work To Prevent Relapse


Addiction is a chronic, progressive condition with relapse rates of 40-60 percent for substance addiction. Relapse is common, but it can also be avoided. A recovery coach will help you recognize and overcome relapse habits. Thus, becoming a certified recovery coach isn’t a simple process. It needs training and skills in identifying risky relapse behaviors long before they occur and intervening as needed.




Finding the correct rehabilitation support might mean the difference between struggling and succeeding. A recovery coach could be beneficial in assisting you with your rehabilitation. Consider obtaining all of the assistance you require to achieve your recovery objectives.

At The Addictions Academy, we have you covered for the top addiction professional training. We offer a 36-hour program with 10 hours of online hands-on supervision from ama master coach.  We also specialize in professional-level coaching and offer 2 full levels of training. call today at 800 706 0318 ext 2 to enroll in one of our programs

Can Heroin Be Used Responsibly?

So from the title of my blog today, some of you, if not all of you, may think I’ve lost my mind!

But what if I told you that there is a nationally acclaimed Columbia professor who has spent over 30 years researching illegal drugs and the effects they have on our bodies. What if I also told you that this very same professor has been micro-dosing heroin for an extended period of time and has successfully remained a productive and highly successful college professor while using heroin.

heroin harm reductionI would like you to meet renowned Columbia professor, Carl Hart. Professor Hart has quite a few books on the bestseller list, including his latest book about using heroin responsibly and doing so in a safe and productive manner. Yes, I said using heroin in a safe and productive manner!

OK so let’s start from the beginning. Professor Hart started off over 30 years ago to prove that drugs are bad. This would make sense since the professor is specialized in neuroscience. But after his studies, his opinion went from the fact that drugs are bad to the fact that drugs are fine for him personally and that he wished they were available to us all in a legal sense.

The professor has used alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin and he claims that all of these illegal drugs, especially heroin, are just as important in his everyday life as sex, eating, and other enjoyable hobbies. His latest book titled “Drugs for Grown-Ups” talks about being able to use illegal drugs, especially heroin, and a safe and productive manner. This would also be known as micro-dosing or Harm Reduction.

We offer this class. You can learn to become a Certified Harm Reduction expert. You can assist others in being able to reduce harm or lessen their issues with drugs and alcohol.

Harm reduction (or harm minimization) is a scope of general public health policies intended to lessen the unsafe results connected with different human practices, both lawful and illicit. Harm reduction strategies are utilized to oversee practices, for example, recreational drug use and sexual activities in various settings that range from services through to geographical districts. This class will include discussion and education on clean needle programs and safe injection sites, Medically Assisted treatments and Opioid Use Disorder protocols (MAT) like Suboxone, Methadone and Vivitrol. Included in this class is also discussion and education on Cannabis and medical Marijuana, controlled drinking, porn/sex reduction (prostitution/HIV/sex workers), food and sugar addiction, gambling and gaming and more.

More on the class HERE


What IS Recovery Coach Training?



What IS Recovery Coach Training?


Recovery Coach Training

Recovery Coaching has been around for some time now. Recovery Coaching is important as it helps those struggling with addiction succeed through alternative means of recovering from drug or alcohol addiction and mental health issues that coincide with their addiction, as opposed to traditional treatments such as inpatient or outpatient drug and alcohol treatment, rehab, cognitive behavioral therapy, halfway houses aka sober living environments or homes, meetings including alcoholics anonymous and narcotics anonymous and more, medical detox, and so on. A Certified Recovery Coach can give a recovering addict or alcoholic a feeling of independence while at the same time, knowing they are not alone through their recovery journey. 

What is Recovery Coaching anyway? A Recovery Coach focuses on strengths-based attributes to support those who are in active addiction or otherwise in recovery from addiction or alcoholism, even from addictive behaviors, being codependent on friends and family and other addictions including sex addiction, food addiction, gambling addiction and more. Recovery Coaches help in decision making when it comes to how to change one’s life, when they’ve never been given the tools or education to live a life like most “normal” people, or normies. ‘No Education’ does not necessarily mean schooling in this case; It means that quite often, those suffering substance abuse disorder or mental health problems haven’t been brought up in a good environment, and they simply haven’t had a chance to live the same kind of life that a lot of people get to live. They grow up in bad neighborhoods, or around parents or friends and family otherwise that abuse drugs or alcohol around them, are abusive mentally and physically. On the other hand, addiction and mental health disorders affect everyone, even those who live rich and lavish lifestyles, whether they were born into money or worked their way to it. 

However, regardless of the person’s past; Recovery Coaches do not focus on the past. They are not like the typical therapist who tries to help heal traumatic emotional damage. Recovery Coaches do not diagnose addiction or mental illness, as they are considered non-clinical. A Recovery Coach supports successful, positive change in the person’s life who is seeking or in recovery. They help to set goals the client wishes to achieve, make action plans, hold accountability and more. Similar roles to Recovery Coaching are Sober Escort, Sober Companion, Recovery Support Specialist, Family Recovery Coach, and many others. 

As a Nationally Certified Recovery Coach, you will learn many skills. Some of those skills include coping and life skills, accessing community supports, relapse prevention, nutrition, planning, goal setting, the difference between Recovery Coaching and therapy, sponsorship, etc., different terminologies including mental health and DSM-5. As mentioned above, you will deal with both criminal and non-criminal clients, wealthy and non-wealthy. Not only will you be helping others, even loved ones, you will be able to make a living as a Recovery Coach. ICF (International Coaching Federation) states that in 2016 alone, there were over 17,000 coaches in North America who collectively, made over $955 million (averaging to approx. $56k each). Also, nearly 60 percent of coaches claimed increases in clients in the past year. This is with recovery and addiction coaching being relatively new. 

Let’s talk more about some of the things you will be working with your client on as a Certified Recovery Coach. One thing mentioned above is relapse prevention. Some say relapse is a part of recovery, others may become judgmental or biased once they have years of recovery and say the opposite. Either way, this doesn’t matter to some because no two recoveries are identical; Everyone has their own path to take. Some do not believe in ‘triggers’, but the simple fact is that triggers do exist for those in recovery, especially early recovery. Things like a recovering alcoholic driving by a liquor store and being tempted or bothered by it, and can either drive past or sometimes will stop, buy liquor, relapse; It can happen that fast. When relapse occurs, a Recovery Coach can help with a faster recovery from said relapse than what the client might be able to do on their own or with other means. 

Recovery Coaches may encourage clients to participate in meetings or groups if they so choose. Another method you may work with is called ‘Harm Reduction’. A recovery coach can help their client(s) make decisions that will keep them from escalating to full blown addiction, with control and healthy choices that may bring a more positive outcome if-so they choose a path of harm reduction rather than complete abstinence. In other words, a Nationally Certified Recovery Coach supports their client where they are, in order to build and maintain a solid foundation within their recovery, then building on top of recovery to meet bigger life goals to live a better life altogether, making recovery worthwhile.

Accountability plays a vital role in recovery, whether it is with harm reduction or other ‘methods’ to recovery. As a Recovery Coach, you would hold your client accountable by keeping in check with them, encouraging honesty through their recovery, and trust between recovery coach and client; Meaning the client knows you will not judge them, encouraging them to be honest with you at all times when approaching situations that are either positive or negative for them. 

The Addictions Academy offers Nationally Certified Recovery Coach Training, and you can learn more about both levels of training by visiting the direct link HERE.