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Recovery Coach Training

Mountainside is among the nation’s premier providers of Recovery Coaching services. The Mountainside Learning Institute (MLI) will launch with a Recovery Coach Training program taught by our very own best-in-class professionals. Keep reading to discover how you can start a rewarding career in addiction treatment and recovery by learning from the best Recovery Coaches in the industry.


What is a Recovery Coach?

Simply put, a Recovery Coach is a trained addiction treatment professional who offers lived experience in recovery from a Substance Use Disorder, providing aid and support in personal recovery. Recovery Coaches wear many hats: advocate, guide, peer, cheerleader, accountability partner, educator, and more. Since every client is unique, Recovery Coach support will look different for each person. At Mountainside, we believe in a truly personalized approach to recovery support that “meets each client where they are” in the process, while also helping them discover new tools to navigate sober living. Ultimately, each client learns their very own formula for achieving successful long-term recovery, utilizing skills and supports they develop while working with their certified Recovery Coach.

In more formal terms, the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers – New York Certification Board (ASAP-NYCB) defines a Recovery Coach as “anyone interested in promoting recovery from addiction by assisting recoverees to remove barriers to recovery, generating individualized recovery options, and connecting recoverees with recovery support services designed to build recovery capital.”

How do I Become a Recovery Coach?

There are two main certifications for coaching: Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) and Certified Peer Recovery Advocate (CRPA). For both types of certifications there are about 50 hours of ASAP-NYCB approved foundational trainings. After that, each certification has different requirements to complete each process. Generally, people complete their CARC first, followed by the CRPA.


Learn From the Best at Mountainside NYC in Chelsea

Mountainside treatment center has been providing best-in-class addiction treatment services since 1998. Over the years, we’ve become a one-stop resource for professionals in the field, offering countless educational workshops and courses. Now, the educational offerings you know and love will be offered under our Mountainside Learning Institute initiative, starting with our new Recovery Coach Training program based on the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) Recovery Coach Academy© curriculum.

What You’ll Learn (and When)

The Mountainside Learning Institute’s Recovery Coach Training program aims to provide 50 hours of foundational training required for both the CARC and CRPA:

CCAR Recovery Coach Training | 30 hours over the course of 2 weeks | $550

Based on the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© this is a 5-day intensive training focused on providing individuals with the skills needed to guide, mentor and support anyone who would like to enter into or sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. After completing this program participants will be able to:

  • Describe Recovery Coach role and functions
  • List the components, core values and guiding principles of recovery
  • Build skills to enhance relationships
  • Explore many dimensions of recovery and recovery coaching
  • Discover attitudes about self-disclosure and sharing stories
  • Understand the stages of recovery
  • Describe the stages of change and their applications
  • Increase awareness of culture, power and privilege
  • Address ethical issues with regard to boundaries
  • Experience wellness planning in recovery
  • Practice newly acquired skills

CCAR Recovery Coach Training Course Dates:

  • June 12, 2023, Monday, 9:30am – 4:30pm ET
  • June 13, 2023, Tuesday, 9:30am – 4:30pm ET
  • June 14, 2023, Wednesday, 9:30am – 4:30pm ET
  • June 19, 2023, Monday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • June 20, 2023, Tuesday, 9:30am – 4:30pm

There are 3 breaks during each training day: morning break, lunch break and afternoon break.



CCAR Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches | 16 hours over the course of 2 days | $350

Recovery coaching as a peer-to-peer recovery support services has grown exponentially over the past few years. The issue of ethical considerations has been discussed in many circles yet formal training has been lacking for recovery coaches. This 16 hour training addresses this critical need. Based on the widely used Ethical Guidelines for the Delivery of Peer-based Recovery Support Services by William White and PRO-ACT (2007), we designed this training to help coaches, and anyone else working in the peer role, to understand how critical it is to be ethically responsible.  Using presentations, small group work, and role play  to address many areas including: defining the coaching service role and functions, coaching standards, issues of vulnerability, ethical decision making, performance enhancement and legal issues.  This year we have added an additional half day of training, to allow for more opportunities to practice using relevant scenarios coaches may face on a daily basis.

CCAR Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches Course Dates:

  • July 20, 2023, Thursday, 9:30am – 4:30pm ET, with two breaks
  • July 21, 2023, Friday, 9:30am – 4:30pm ET, with two breaks

There are 3 breaks during each training day: morning break, lunch break and afternoon break.

Registration Coming Soon!


Medication Supported Recovery | 4 hours over the course of 1 day | $100

Medication Supported Recovery (MSR, formerly MAT) is now part of the landscape of addiction treatment modalities and recovery pathways. This 4 hour workshop presents peer recovery professionals with a modern approach to  supporting people prescribed medications that aid in the recovery journey. We will begin by recognizing our own personal biases that may act as barriers to demonstrating the values and principles that guide the profession to the people we serve as coaches. Along with traditional therapies and recovery pathways, we will also explore the field of harm reduction and alternative therapies. Grasping these concepts will empower peer recovery professionals to help overcome stigma, advocate for their clients, and move forward the field of addiction treatment and recovery.

Medication Supported Recovery Course Date:

August 11, 2023, Friday, 9:30am – 1:30pm ET

Registration Coming Soon!


Our certified trainers, Zachary Cohn, CARC, CRPA and Alex Lahr, CARC, CRPA are active Mountainside Recovery Coaches and they’ll guide you through the entire credentialing process to obtain CARC and/or CRPA certifications.

Register for CCAR Recovery Coach Training

Starting June 12th

Cancellation is required in writing at least 10 days prior to course start date.  Cancellations within the 10-day period will receive a full credit that may be used for a future course. No-Show’s, those registered and confirmed participants who fail to show up, are responsible for full course fees as they are taking a seat of another participant. Once a course has begun, participants are responsible for full course fees, regardless of attendance.

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