Innovative CCAR Recovery Coach Academy™ Trains 2,100 Coaches Nationwide: Creator of the Original RCA Has Impact in 28 States since 2008

Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery™ http://www.ccar.us announced that it has trained more than 2,100 recovery coaches nationwide through its CCAR Recovery Coach Academy™ http://ccar.us/recovery_coach.htm, the first peer-based recovery coaching and training program designed for those interested in guiding individuals into and through long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction.

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The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy™ has trained more than 2100 recovery coaches in 28 states since 2008

The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy was the most powerful learning experience of my life. Everyday was stimulating, fun and affirming. I'm a better recovery coach and definitely a better person for having participated. The trainers rock!

Hartford, Connecticut (PRWEB) June 21, 2012

Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery™ http://www.ccar.us, a leading national nonprofit organization that promotes recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction through advocacy, education and service, announced that it has trained more than 2,100 recovery coaches nationwide through its CCAR Recovery Coach Academy™. Launched in 2008, the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy is the first peer-based recovery coaching and training program designed for those interested in guiding individuals into and through long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction.

The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy http://ccar.us/recovery_coach.htm is an intensive 5-day, 30-hour training program designed for individuals who are interested in learning how to promote recovery by serving as a personal guide and mentor to those seeking or already in recovery. The training provides participants with the essential learning, tools, and resources they need to become an effective recovery coach, covering a wide variety of topics such as the roles of a recovery coach, guiding principles of recovery, relationship skill building, stages of recovery and their application, ethical issues, and more. The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy also includes an exclusive Training of Trainers http://ccar.us/recovery_coach.htm component that is available only through the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery. To date, 278 trainers have been trained to deliver the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy across the country.

With national recognition that has fueled significant demand for this highly effective training program, CCAR’s Recovery Coach Academy has been widely embraced by a multitude of government agencies, organizations, and individuals from all over the United States and around the world. Among the many clients currently taking advantage of CCAR’s unique offering are the Federal Government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), The Resource Training Center, AdCare Educational Institute, Inc., New England Institute of Addiction Studies, Southern Coast Addiction Technology Transfer Center, as well as numerous other clients in 28 states.

Long known for its expertise and innovation in the addiction recovery field, Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery developed the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy led by a team of 3 nationally recognized professionals: Jim Wuelfing, Director of Prevention for Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, Phil Valentine, Executive Director of the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR), and Marshall Rosier, Executive Director of the Connecticut Certification Board. The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy was also created with consultation from the recovery community and other professionals in the addiction recovery field.

According to Mr. Valentine, “Whether you’re a person in recovery, a family member, friend, ally, clinician, sober house manager, or student in a counseling program, the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy is an innovative new approach to healing people's lives that is unlike any other training.” Valentine continued, “Utilizing a dynamic approach and retreat-like atmosphere that blends process and content, our training offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those who are ready to gain new knowledge, be challenged, and reap valuable rewards for life."

Some of the unique features of CCAR’s Recovery Coach Academy include the following:

  •     Nationally recognized trainers: Jim Wuelfing, Art Woodard, Phil Valentine, Deb Dettor, Fred and Sharon Chappelle.
  •     “Time in recovery” not required: Individuals in recovery -- as well as family members, friends, and allies -- are welcome to participate in CCAR’s Recovery Coach Academy whether they have “lived experience” or not.
  •     No application process, no selection process (except for scholarships).
  •     In the State of Connecticut, CCAR’s Recovery Coach Academy provides 30 hours towards the Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) credential.
  •     Seasoned trainers can be trained to become eligible to deliver the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy.

For those individuals who have successfully completed CCAR’s Recovery Coach Academy, the experience is engaging, mind opening, and highly rewarding. According to Marjorie Yates, Center Director at Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance (SAARA) of Virginia http://www.saara.org/, "The RCA was the most powerful learning experience of my life. Everyday was stimulating, fun and affirming. I'm a better recovery coach and definitely a better person for having participated. The trainers rock!”

ABOUT CONNECTICUT COMMUNITY FOR ADDICTION RECOVERY™                            

Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery™ (CCAR) is a Hartford, Connecticut based 501(c)3 nonprofit that works nationally to promote recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction through advocacy, education and service. The organization provides services and connects people to resources that empower the addicted to heal, and inspire hope. CCAR is working to end the discrimination that can surround recovery and ensure that those in recovery, and those seeking recovery, are treated with respect and dignity. To learn more about Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery™ and the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy™, visit http://www.ccar.us or The CCAR Recovery Store™ http://shoprecovery.us/.