The Coaching Model

The very first use of the word “coach” in English occurred in the 1500’s to refer to a particular kind of carriage….Hence the root meaning of the verb “to coach”:  to convey a valued person from where he or she was to where he or she wanted to be. 

                – Roger D. Evered and James C. Selman
Coaching and the Art of Management

As the creators of the CCAR Recovery Coach academy, we oftentimes get asked about data.  Where is the data that supports the Recovery Coach model?  Are these trainings based on evidence based practices?  These are great questions.

As Recovery Coaching is a peer-based service, there hasn’t been a need for documentation – and without documentation,  there isn’t data to report.  However, as more and more organizations have begun utilizing coaches to provide support services for those in recovery from alcohol and other addictions, we are finding more and more articles written to show support of this model.


Peer Recovery Coaching:  Recent Evidence Reviews Selected Papers of William White – June 2016

Peer-Delivered Recovery Support Services for Addictions in the United States: A Systematic Review  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment – April 2016

Recovery Coaches Offer a Crucial Link  Addiction Professional – March 2016

What are Peer Recovery Support Services?  SAMHSA – 2009


Peer-Delivered Recovery Support Services for Addictions in the United States: A Systematic Review – January 2016

Recovery Coaching in Recovery Community Centers:  What the Initial Data Suggests


Understanding the Role of Peer Addiction Recovery Coaches in the Addiction Professional – NAADAC, by Phil Valentine

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Value of SUD Peer Support Services