MOA Recovery Coach Program



A Recovery Coach’s goal is to serve as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking recovery from addictions and help to remove obstacles and barriers to recovery. Recovery Coaching is not a clinical service. Rather, it is a new and exciting role in the field of substance use disorders. Recovery Coaches:

  • Are trained to use their lived experience in support of another’s journey in recovery. Therefore, personal disclosure may be a part of the coaching relationship.

  • Are often expected to assist the people they are coaching, called “recoverees,” as they navigate systems and explore the recovery community.

  • Must be flexible with their hours and meet with their recoverees when and where they are needed.

  • Should understand that there are many different forms of recovery and be open to multiple theoretical frameworks, ideologies and philosophies of recovery. The coach will support the recoveree in removing barriers, and support the recoveree in identifying their own, individual path of recovery

  • All Recovery Coaches must be supervised by someone who has been trained as a Recovery Coach with a clear understanding of the Recovery Coach Philosophy and/or has taken the 3 day Supervision of Recovery Coaches training.

  • The Recovery Coach Academy (RCA) is a 30 hour training designed for those interested in becoming Recovery Coaches and/or for learning the principles and philosophies of Recovery Coaching. The training will provide a comprehensive overview of the purpose, tasks, and roles of Recovery Coaches.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the roles and function of a recovery coach.

  • List the core values, guiding principles, and core components of recovery.

  • Describe co-occurring disorders and medication assisted treatment.

  • Explain the Stages of Change and their applications.

  • Support Multiple Pathways of Recovery.

  • Address some of the ethical issues that could arise with Recovery Coaching.

  • Develop wellness plans.

  • Practice newly acquired skills.