Finding a recovery coach is not always easy, but there are certain steps you can take to make sure you find the right recovery coach for you and your goals in life.
Some people call themselves Recovery Coaches but have no training at all. Some have been trained in addiction topics such as Motivational Interviewing or Stages of Change. Others have coach training and are in 12-step recovery and think that’s enough. But a professional Recovery Coach has training in both coaching and addiction.
Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
- 60 hours of coach specific training
- 100 hours of coaching experience with client
Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
- 125 hours of coach specific training
- 750 hours of coaching experience with clients
Master Certified Coach (MCC)
- 200 hours of coach specific training
- 2500 hours of coaching experience with clients
- Demonstrated leadership within the profession
All certified coaches have satisfactorily completed oral and/or written exams, and agree to adhere to the Code of Ethics as outlined by the ICF. Additionally, Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Master Certified Coach (MCC) continue professional development to renew credential every three years.
Lack of a credential doesn’t mean that coaches do not have training. Many coach members of RCI have extensive training in Recovery Coaching for which there is currently no credential.
Make sure when you are searching for a recovery coach that you find someone that has the professional training that you so desire to help you in your recovery. Make sure you also find a recovery coach that you are comfortable with and that you think is a good fit for you. In order to find a recovery coach and have them be effective in your life you must be able to work with them. Most of the time in order to find a recovery coach; it is very easy if you know what you are searching for and the person or people have the proper education and credentials to help you in a professional but also personal way.
If you want to see the present, clarify your future then you must take action now in order to find a recovery coach. You may also be able to easily find a recovery coach by utilizing the drug and alcohol treatment center you attended before you decided to get a recovery coach. If you did not attend drug and alcohol treatment you can easily use the Internet or even a therapist you may know to find a recovery coach. Most people who work in the field of recovery, addiction or alcoholism will be able to help you in many ways to find a recovery coach.