Malden Overcoming Addiction recently collaborated with the Connecticut Community of Addiction Recovery Academy for the second time to train 32 area volunteers to become drug and substance abuse Recovery Coaches. Mayor Gary Christenson stopped in to hand out certificates of completion, and thank all those who participated for their time, commitment and willingness to assist individuals in recovery. MOA now has 51 Recovery Coaches to provide volunteer support in the community.

A Recovery Coach is defined as someone interested in promoting recovery by removing barriers and obstacles and serving as a personal guide and mentor for individuals seeking or already in recovery from drug and/or substance abuse. Participants of the academy took part in a 30 hour course and received training on how to assist before, during, after, or instead of treatment. Some of the subjects taught include motivational interviewing, ethical boundaries, and how to create a wellness plan. 

Connecticut Community of Addiction Recovery focuses on non-clinical issues such as housing, employment, proceeding through drug court, and communicating with probation officers. The training is designed so that participants come away with not only the necessary skills, but are fully empowered and motivated to help those in need.