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Recovery Coach Manual


This manual is a companion to the McShin Coaching Curriculum. It is intended to:

Provide background on the history and many pathways to recovery from addiction to alcohol or other drugs.
Provide a clear definition of recovery coaching that differentiates it from other roles, such as sponsor, counselor, or friend.
Build some of the key skills necessary to be effective as a reocvery coach.
Offer a framework for ethical standards.
Enrich your recovery and personal growth.
Build on or ignite a passion to engage and work with those who are entering the journey of recovery.
Increase your awareness of the many helping hands of the recovering community.
Underscore the unique power of a helping relationship involving two recovering persons.
Increase your knowledge of recovery pathways other than your own.
Provide information on recovery community organizations.
Expand your awareness of the recovery movement, of opportunities to play a role in it, and of how it can play a role in the recovery of those you serve as a coach.


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Funding for this initiative was made possible by grant no. 1H79TI083022 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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