Contact a Recovery Coach at 1-800-856-9609

Peer Recovery Coaches 

Recovery coaches are available to assist, guide, and mentor others on their own journey to recovery. Coaches provide respect, build rapport, and can help others access resources in the community.

Recovery Coaches provide peer-mentoring to adults in need of non-clinical substance abuse guidance. Contact a coach at 1-800-856-9609 today!

Who Should Join ?

·         Family members

·         Friends

·         Allies

·         People in recovery


"A recovery coach is a person who helps remove personal and environmental obstacles to recovery, links the newly recovering person to the recovering community, and serves as a personal guide and mentor in the management of personal and family recovery. Such supports are generated by mobility volunteer resources within the recovery community, or provided by the recovery coach where such natural support networks are lacking."
- William White

Peer Recovery Support Initiatives 

opioid overdose recovery program (OORP)

The Opioid Overdose Recovery Program is designed to respond to individuals reversed from opioid overdoses and treated at hospital emergency departments as a result of an opioid related illness/injury. The Patient Navigator and Recovery Coaches will engage individuals reversed from an opioid overdose to provide non-clinical assistance, recovery supports, and appropriate referrals for assessment and substance use disorder treatment. Funding for the OORP initiative is provided by the DOH Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Cumberland C.A.R.E.S. 

A collaborative effort between the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, Cumberland County Law Enforcement Liaisons, the Cumberland County Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services , and The Southwest Council, this volunteer program provides training in the guidance and support of others seeking freedom from addiction through peer-to-peer recovery mentoring. Those personally impacted by addiction, in long-term recovery, or wishing to make a difference by volunteering in the recovery community are encouraged to apply here.

Tree of Hope

This annual coffee house event celebrates our local recovery community and commemorates lives lost to addiction. Tree of Hope also raises awareness and funds for local recovery support services. Tree of Hope creates a warm, hospitable atmosphere with live music, coffee, food, and a place to come together in celebration and remembrance. All voluntary donations benefit support recovery services, like sustaining the volunteer recovery coaches.  Recovery is possible and worthy of supporting! 


Training Opportunities 

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Education 

The Southwest Council is an approved CADC provider for both initial and re-certification courses. 


Our prevention and clinical teams offer events, conferences, and training on a regular basis. Stay up to date on upcoming events.

The Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) Recovery Coach Academy Training

Our staff are trained to offer a 30-hour Recovery Coach Academy training for peer-recovery coaches based on the Connecticut Community Center for Addiction Recovery Training model. This training teaches the functions, core values, and guiding principles of recovery. Training focuses on enhancing relationships, gaining increased awareness of culture, and addressing issues of ethics & boundaries.

Our Recovery Coaches