Recovery Coach (RC)

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About This Program

Target Population: Adults 18 years or older who have a primary substance use disorder (co-occurring conditions are expected)

Brief Description

The Recovery Coach (RC) program is an intensive, community-based case management intervention for people who have entered an addiction treatment program or need support to access treatment. The program is designed as an integrated component of a comprehensive addiction treatment continuum. The primary purpose of the recovery coach program is to help individuals gain access to needed resources, services, or supports that will help them achieve recovery from their substance use disorder (SUD). Recovery coaches can help individuals address multiple domains in the their life that have been impacted by their SUD but are difficult to address within conventional treatment programs, such as returning to employment or finding stable housing. Recovery coaches can also help individuals transition through the continuum of addiction treatment. Finally, recovery coaches can help individuals sustain their recovery after the formal addiction treatment component has been completed through consultation and in vivo skills training.

Program Goals:

The goals of the Recovery Coach (RC) program are:

  • Increase access for adults with SUD to addiction treatment services (i.e., improve engagement with a provider)
  • Sustain engagement of adults with SUD through a continuum of addiction treatment services that can extended beyond six months
  • Provide community-based skills training to assist adults with SUD in generalizing their skills acquired in formal treatment services
  • Increase the recovery capital of an adult with a SUD, such as employment, stable housing, and access to medical care

Contact Information

David Loveland, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Human Service Center
Phone: (309) 671-8090

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2014

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: October 2012