A Recovery Coach creates a partnership with people in recovery from addictions. A coach helps people to: create a vision for their recovery; identify and remove barriers to recovery; navigate through the human services system; access community resources; connect with recovery services, including treatment facilities, recovery centers, and mutual support groups. A coach works with people who have active addictions, people who are already in recovery, or with people who are concerned about someone else’s substance abuse. People who participate in the recovery coaching process must have a commitment to recovery. All conversations are confidential.
The Vermont Recovery Network’s recovery centers have taken an active role in developing and approving standards and documents for the provision and supervision of recovery coaching in recovery center environments. These materials are based on principles from literature on recovery support and our experience to date. We are committed to assuring that recovery coaches receive ongoing skill development beyond the initial 30 hours of training we require. The Network has developed a structured interview and recruitment process that only selects qualified and appropriate applicants for the recovery coach training. Our recovery coaching protocols serve as a formalized process for providing this new level of service. The Network developed job descriptions for recovery coach coordinators and recovery coaches to assure sufficient supervision and staff support.