Make a Difference in Someone’s Life

Become a Certified Recovery Coach!

Distance Learning, Training and Curriculum

Starting Point offers distance learning for our Recovery Coach Certification training. Master Coach Louis Gonzales has over 30 years of professional experience in the design and delivery of training to a wide range of human services providers and community groups.

Our training is crafted from evidence-based practices of leading industry professionals and offers participants authoritative resources from coaches and addiction professionals who are using these methods daily.

Launch your Career!

According to a recent global study of the coaching profession conducted by the International Coach Federation, the average fee for a one hour coaching session for coaches in North America was $214 and the number of active clients was 11.

Becoming a certified recovery coach will advance your career and our training will show you how to generate more revenue for your practice or organization.

Helping people in recovery is also extremely rewarding, and with our Certified Recovery Training, you will be on your way to becoming an effective addiction recovery coach. You will be able to benefit from not only taking your professional life to a new level, but also in helping to create better and brighter futures for those impacted by addiction.

Relapse Prevention Training Format & Topics

Participants will receive a powerful, strengths-based distance learning-based program that is changing the recovery aftercare professional landscape across the country. The course is aligned with national drug and alcohol aftercare recovery standards  and federal treatment-oriented systems of care.

Our online course consists of 10 comprehensive learning modules, including syllabus and home-based support materials, all of which represent 30 hours of comprehensive training.

How to Enroll

Enrollment is completed when you pay for your course and provide your contact and other information. We will then contact you to set up your training session. Course payment is routed through PayPal and ensures that your purchase is protected and your financial information remains secure during purchase.

PayPal payments are fast, easy and secure. You may pay with a credit card via PayPal even if you don’t have an account.

If you would like to set up an easy to manage payment plan for the course fee, you can set this up during checkout via PayPal Credit.

Schedule a FREE Discovery Session

Meet one-on-one for 30 minutes by phone or Skype with Dr. Louis Gonzales for more information on evaluating opportunities in addiction recovery coaching. Learn how you can become a certified recovery coach by contacting us directly.

Competencies taught:

  • Cognitive Restructuring: (aka CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), changing how one views oneself and the world.
  • Strength-focused coaching. Using a client’s inner strengths to help them view options and take positive steps.
  • Motivational Interviewing: person-centered method of getting clients to weigh the pros and cons of their behaviors and come to logical conclusions.
  • The Stages of Change Model: getting clients to move from a position of ambivalence to one of change. Solution-focused questioning: asking coping and solutions questions that empower a client to envision a preferred and manageable future.
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis: self-talk and mental brainstorming.
  • Laws and professional boundaries
  • Marketing your coaching services: professional networking and believing in your skills.

Louis Gonzales, MS, PhD, CMLC

Dr Louis Gonzales PhD - MN

Dr. Gonzales offers over 30 years of professional experience in providing consulting, training and coaching services to a wide range of individual and family clientele, in addition to health and human services providers and community groups.


Fowler International Academy of Professional Coaching
Recovery Coaches International
National Anger Management Association
International Coach Federation (ICF)
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)