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Welcome to the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy at Recovery Force

We are happy to announce the opening of the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy at Recovery Force, the nations highly acclaimed recovery coach program that has trained over 30,000 coaches world wide. Recovery Force has accomplished its first high-impact goal of establishing a CCAR RCA so that it may begin developing the Recovery Force of warriors whose boots on the ground will provide relief to the many families impacted by a substance use disorder in South Jersey.

A Win for Southern New Jersey

CCAR Executive Director, Phil Valentine, with CCAR Recovery Coach Academy leaders from Recovery Force.

There are over 30,000 CCAR Recovery Coach Academy (RCA) graduates with boots on the ground across the country. The Connecticut Center for Addiction Recovery (CCAR), established as part of the New Recovery Advocacy Movement in 1998, has made recovery coach training their expertise. The Academy is more of an intense experience using the training participants as resources that cleverly equips one to "care better". It is an overwhelmingly positive experience that is only included as part of the CCAR brand . CCAR is a world-renowned curriculum with no other competitor. It is considered the best in the world at preparing recovery coaches to help others. that has been vetted and tested like the CCAR brand. It must be CCAR!!!

CCAR RCA's have sprung up all over the United States, enabling recovery communities to build the skills necessary to help guide people into long-term recovery. Recovery Coaches save lives and, with the establishment of this academy at Recovery Force, a long-awaited reality for Atlantic, Cape and even Cumberland counties occurs. This not only provides members of the recovery community with a way to participate in the solution, it will equip families in this region with recovery coaching services not previously available. Countless lives will be saved and incidents of suffering averted.


The material will be delivered in the same order when over less than or more than 5 days with differences in what is able to be covered in a day depending on the total number of training days.


The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy©  was conceived in 2008 in response to the needs of volunteers in the CCAR recovery community centers. They asked for more training to better handle the variety of scenarios and situations generated from recoverees who frequented the centers.  This included engagement and communication skills.  When graduates returned from the academy, they started calling themselves “recovery coaches”.

The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© is a 5-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.  Provided in a retreat like environment, the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© prepares participants by helping them to actively listen,  ask really good questions, and discover and manage their own stuff.

CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© 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 their applications
  • Increase their awareness of culture, power and privilege
  • Address ethical and boundaries issues
  • Experience recovery wellness planning
  • Practice newly acquired skills

Each day of the Recovery Coach Academy© is set up so that participants gain the necessary skills and knowledge to be a Recovery Coach by using the principles behind adult learning theory which states:

•Adults are internally motivated and self-directed

•Adults bring life experiences and knowledge to learning experiences

•Adults are goal oriented

•Adults are relevancy oriented

•Adults are practical

•Adult learners like to be respected

By designing the academy as more of a retreat or learning community, each participant comes away with not only the necessary skills, but are fully empowered and motivated.

The lessons taught in the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© expand way beyond the role of a recovery coach, as many graduates leave feeling a greater sense of self, solidifying their position as allies in the every changing recovery community.

Recognized nationally as the original and leading recovery offering of its kind, CCAR’s Recovery Coach Academy© is an innovative new approach to healing people’s lives that is unlike any other training. It offers participants the once-in-a-lifetime experience to gain new knowledge, be challenged, and reap valuable rewards, providing the essential learning, tools, and resources needed to become an effective recovery coach.

The CCAR mission and vision can be seen in everything we do, and our guiding principles are woven throughout the Recovery Coach Academy©, making it one of the most sought out recovery-oriented training programs.

Who should attend the Recovery Force CCAR Recovery Coach Academy?   

Anyone in the recovery field or anyone who cares about fighting substance misuse and saving lives.  

The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© is an innovative new approach to healing people’s lives that is unlike any other training. Utilizing a dynamic approach to learning that blends both process and content, the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience that has been referred to as “pure recovery genius”, If you’re ready to learn, be challenged, and reap valuable rewards for life, the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© is a must for anyone in the recovery field or who cares about people who want to recover.

Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches

Recovery coaching as a peer-to-peer recovery support services has grown exponentially over the past few years. As previously mentioned, thousands of coaches have been trained using the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy alone. The issue of ethical considerations has been discussed in many circles yet formal training has been lacking. This two day training addresses this critical need. Using presentations, small group work, and role play many areas will be addressed including: defining the coaching service role and functions, coaching standards, issues of vulnerability, ethical decision making, performance enhancement and legal issues. Space is limited.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

Understand what ethics are and why ethics are so important when performing Recovery Coach Services

Learn how to stay in your lane as a recovery coach

Understand the decision-making process

Develop guidelines for making ethical decisions

Apply the new learning to your everyday work as an RC





A heavy moment as current and future coaches contemplate the life and death reality that is stealing precious lives/

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