Addictions and Recovery 101 for Recovery Coaches and Other Peer Workers: August 21, 2024

August 21, 2024 9AM - 2PM ET
Credit Hours: 5.0
Facilitators: Angela Dalessio, Katie Raftery
Location: Online Event
Training Full

CARC required training. Meets elective requirements for CARC recertification

Training Summary
This training offers participants an introduction to the medical model of addiction, including the effects of addiction on the body and brain, as well as basic pharmacology and treatment. Designed for the Recovery Coach professional, this workshop honors the power of personal recovery and self-definition. Through a series of interactive exercises, participants are challenged to consider their own definitions, experiences, biases, and assumptions of addiction.

Learning Objectives
1. Explore, develop, and craft a personal definition of addiction
2. Become familiar with a variety of explanatory models of addiction
3. Review CDC definition, key points, and concerns of Public Health
4. Contrast Public Health and Medical Models for addressing addiction and articulate rationale/motivation for a community’s use of either one
5. Apply recovery principles to post-addiction treatment supports and community-based recovery and wellness initiatives

Self Paced Assignments (online courses only)
2A – Equality, Equity, and Justice
3A – Addiction and Recovery
4A – Why Care About Addiction?
5A – Addiction Models Revisited – Medical and Public Health

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Participant Resources


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(To show on training day.)

Module 3:  Addiction an Overview

The Science of Addiction: Here’s Your Brain on Drugs | National Geographic,

Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari,

Appendix B:

  1. Drowning in Empathy: The Cost of Vicarious Trauma Amy Cunningham/ TEDx SanAntonio: 

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