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Recovery Alliance Duluth

This application is for Duluth's Nov. 30 - Dec. 11th, 2020 session.

Recovery Alliance Duluth is partnering with Minnesota Recovery Connection for this RCA

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Application Entry Notes

1. You may wish to review the web page, Recovery Coach Academy Application Process Overview, before beginning your application.

2. All boxes marked with a red asterisks (*) indicate that an entry is required in order to proceed to the next page or to submit your application.

3. At any time you may save your application and then resume editing it later by clicking the box labeled "Save my progress and resume later" at the top or bottom of each page.  After you save the form, you will receive an email with directions on how to resume working on your form. 

4. This form requires you to upload a writing sample and reference letters.  On those pages there will be a Choose File button; click it to choose a file from your computer to upload.

5. If you need help in completing or submitting your application, please call (218) 576-6005 and ask for a Recovery Navigator. They will be happy to assist you.


People in recovery, recovery allies, or employees of recovery organizations who are interested in becoming a Recovery Specialist must apply to Recovery Alliance Duluth (RAD) for initial screening and be approved by the RAD Recovery Coach Academy Selection Committee. The selection committee consists of peers in long-term recovery who have previously completed the Recovery Coach Academy. Qualified candidates are selected for the training based on their completed application, interview, and ability to meet the training guidelines.


The minimum qualifications for a Recovery Coach Academy participant are:

  1. Be willing to self-identify as a person in recovery or as a member of the recovery community (e.g. ally, professional, family member) for the benefit of others.
  2. Demonstrated participation in advocacy and/or personal knowledge of recovery.
  3. If attending as an RAD volunteer, should be in recovery from alcohol or other drug addiction with 1 to 2 years of problem-free recovery.
  4. Strong reading comprehension and written communication skills as indicated by responses during the application process.
  5. Agree to respect and observe the RAD Recovery Coach Code of Ethics.
  6. Note: A high school diploma or equivalent is required to meet the requirements to take the Minnesota Certification Board Exam to hold the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist credential, but it is not a requirement to attend the Recovery Alliance Duluth Recovery Coach Academy.


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* High school diploma or equivalent required to meet the requirements to take the Minnesota Certification Board Exam to hold the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist credential, but is not a requirement to attend the Recovery Alliance Duluth Recovery Coach Academy.

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Each Applicant must submit a writing sample explaining why he/she should be selected to participate in the Recovery Coach Academy. Please include your value system, leadership skills that you possess, your ability to demonstrate and promote recovery and any advocacy or work done in the community. You may use Recovery Alliance Duluth's mission and values as a reference.

This essay should be no more than one page, double-spaced, 12-point font and must be completed by the applicant and submitted with the application.

Recovery Alliance Duluth's Mission and Values


Our mission is to build and mobilize a compassionate community to support individuals seeking or maintain recovery to inspire hope, create connection and eliminate stigma.


RAD is a recovery community organization and, as such, is led and informed by the recovery community.

RAD recognizes recovery is an individual, personally directed journey.

RAD values its independence as a community organization that honors multiple pathways to recovery.

RAD is inclusive and recognizes cultural differences.

RAD believes in meeting people where they are and with what they need.

RAD knows substance-use disorder is a chronic disease that requires long-term support and care.

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Each Applicant must submit two (2) reference letters that will attest to the applicant’s appropriateness for being a Recovery Specialist.

The reference letters should also comment on the applicant’s years of recovery by addressing the applicant’s length of recovery and any activities such as volunteer work, sponsorship, etc. that the applicant pursues surrounding recovery. References are asked to share their thoughts, with examples if available, on the applicant's ability to demonstrate leadership qualities as it related to recovery; describe how the applicant is working a quality recovery program; how the applicant works with diverse groups of people; how the applicant conveys hope to others regarding recovery; and anything else the reference would like us to know about the applicant.

This reference letter can come from a sponsor, counselor, accountability partner, faith-leader, friend or co-worker. One reference should be from someone who identifies as a person in long-term recovery; and at least one reference letter must specifically address the candidate’s understanding and belief in recovery and the ability to convey such to others.

Reference letters must be uploaded with this application.

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Recovery Alliance Duluth’s Recovery Specialist Code of Ethics

Made in partnership with Minnesota Recovery Connection

Recovery Specialist acknowledge and follow these ethical statements. The principles below will guide me in my role as a Recovery Specialist, as well as in my relationships and levels of responsibility in which I function.

  1. My primary obligation and responsibility is my recovery. I will immediately contact my supervisor if alcohol, drug use, or anything else gets in the way of my recovery.
  2. Recovery is guided by self-determination. I assist others in achieving their needs and goals. This includes advocating for the decisions of the peers regarding professional and other services.
  3. I will support the Faces and Voices of Recovery Bill of Rights for each person that I serve.
  4. I advocate for the integration of peers into self-selected recovery communities and will promote the individual’s inherent value to those communities.
  5. I act in accordance with the law.
  6. I affirm the dignity of each person that I serve.
  7. I provide recovery services regardless of someone’s age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, political belief, language, socioeconomic status or mental or physical condition. If differences that impact the motivation for recovery occur, I seek consultation and, if necessary, make a referral to another recovery support.
  8. I never use physical force, verbal or emotional abuse; intimidate, threaten, harass, or make unwarranted promises of benefits.
  9. I share my lived experiences to help others identify resources and supports that promote recovery.
  10. I respect the privacy of those I serve and I will abide by confidentiality guidelines as required by the law.
  11. I never engage in sexual or intimate relations with peers that I serve.
  12. I do not accept gifts of significant value from people that I serve.
  13. I do not lend to, or borrow from, the peers that I serve.
  14. I improve my recovery service knowledge and skills through ongoing education, training and supervision. 

The above principles will guide me in my role as a Recovery Specialist, as well as in my relationships and levels of responsibility in which I function.

Clicking the box signifies that you agree to the statement.

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Skip this section if your employer or you are paying for the Recovery Coach Academy.

Recovery Specialist Volunteer Agreement

I agree to volunteer 40 hours in one of Recovery Alliance Duluth’s (RAD) volunteer programs, within one calendar year of completing my training, in lieu of the $850 Recovery Coach Academy training fee.

I agree to the following:

  1. At minimum, completion of all required paperwork associated with RAD's Recovery Specialist program. This includes but not limited to: regular and timely communication with RAD staff regarding your Recovery Specialist volunteering and logging volunteer hours.

  2. Reading and agreeing to comply with the RAD's Volunteer Handbook’s Policies and Procedures. (Hard copy will be given at training)
  3. If volunteer opportunity is completed within the RAD organization, individual may be subject to a background check.
  4. Maintaining, at minimum, monthly contact with the RAD staff coordinating Recovery Specialist volunteers via email or phone.
  5. Immediately contacting appropriate RAD staff if I cannot follow through with my commitment to volunteering as a Recovery Specialist with RAD.

If I am unable to fulfill the requirements of Recovery Alliance Duluth's Recovery Specialist Volunteer Agreement, I will contact Recovery Alliance Duluth to discuss options for reimbursement to RAD of the training fee ($850).

Clicking the box signifies that you agree to the statement.

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Employees of Organizations or Self Funded Applicants

* Skip this section, if you are applying for an RAD Scholarship.

*Employees of organizations do not qualify for the volunteer scholarship, meaning an organization that is requesting their employee attend this training may not use the scholarship in lieu of payment.

The fee for attending the Recovery Coach Academy is $850 and includes all training materials, snacks and lunch each day.

Complete the following to ensure an invoice for the Recovery Coach Academy can be sent to the right person in your organization.

To whom should the invoice be sent?

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RAD uses a ‘Getting to Know You’ process in determining who is accepted into an upcoming Recovery Coach Academy. This process is an opportunity for applicants to get to know each other and ask any questions they might have about the RCA. It is not a one-to-one interview but an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate their ability to use their own recovery experience; to demonstrate their ability to enforce healthy boundaries, and to listen with empathy when working with others (a key aspect of providing peer support). The process is not about right or wrong answers but providing responses ‘from the heart’ that show a commitment to learning and growing in the Recovery Coach Academy. The group interviews are approximately 90-minutes long.

Please select the group interview time that works for you. Unless notified otherwise, you will be scheduled for the time you select.

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You will receive an email confirmation after your application is submitted.