How Can I Become a Recovery Coach?
What is recovery coaching?
Recovery coaching is a form of strengths-based support for anyone who has an addiction or is in recovery from alcohol, other drugs, codependency, or other addictive behaviors. Recovery coaches work with anyone who has active addictions as well as people who are already in recovery. Recovery coaches are helpful for making decisions about what to do with your life and the part your addiction or recovery plays within your life. Recovery coaches usually try to help clients find ways to stop addiction by maintaining abstinence, or reduce harm associated with addictive behaviors. Recovery coaches can help a client find resources for harm reduction, detox, treatment, family support and education, local or online support groups; or help a client create a change plan to recover on their own as well as make goals and plans to achieve those goals.
How can I become a recovery coach?
There are multiple programs that offer recovery coach training such as the recovery coach institute or RCI. RCI has a website that you can utilize regardless if you already have recovery coach training or have no experience at all. RCI supports Recovery Coach training programs that are approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Basic coach training is available through any of the ICF schools listed on the International Coaching Federation (ICF) website. www.recoverycoaching.org
•are a certified coach, you can get Recovery Coaching training through a specialized Recovery Coaching school.
•have no coach training, you can get it through any of the ICF schools listed on the ICF website.
•are a chemical dependency professional, you can take advanced training to learn about coaching so you can integrate a coaching style into your current work. Or you can become a certified coach by training at an ICF-approved school. A list of approved training programs is available on the ICF website.
•are a psychotherapist specializing in addiction recovery, you can consider basic coach training through an ICF-approved program.
Many treatment centers also offer Recovery Coach Academies or RCA. A general overview of a recovery coach academy looks something like this:
Recovery Coach Academy is designed to help individuals, professional and non-professional, working in the Human Service Field. A Recovery Coach is anyone interested in promoting recovery by:
• Removing barriers and obstacles to recovery by serving as a personal guide
• Motivational Interviewing
• Personal Boundaries
• Ethics and Case Management
Recovery coach training also involves:
• A guide and ethical standard for non-professionals and case managers
• A training guide for professionals to teach volunteer staff
• Motivational and Interviewing skills
• Defining the Recovery Coach role
If you search for recovery coach training or utilize the ICF or RCI websites you can find multiple ways to become a recovery coach wherever you are located. Each state has different resources as well as different institutes, academies, and training programs for you to become a recovery coach. If you feel like recovery coaching might be for you then go ahead and see what your state has to offer. While you don’t need recovery coaching certification to become a recovery coach it can definitely help in all facets of your addiction and recovery career.