Northern Berkshire Community Coalition offering recovery coach training


NORTH ADAMS — As part of an effort to build a recovery community in Northern Berkshire, the Beacon Recovery Community Center is sponsoring the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy.

This five-day intensive training provides the skills needed to guide, mentor and support anyone who would like to enter or sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. The BRCC is a new program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.

This training will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20 to 24 at the Holiday Inn in North Adams. The registration fee is $100 for agency staff and $25 for community members. Scholarship opportunities are available. Coffee, water, snacks and lunch will be provided daily. The deadline for registration and payment is May 1.

Linda Sarage, consultant and former director of The Recover Project in Greenfield, and Joe Buyse, director of Living in Recovery in Pittsfield, will facilitate the training, which is the foundation to become a certified addiction recovery coach in Massachusetts.

Space is limited, and preference is given to Northern Berkshire residents. For more information or to apply, contact Susan Cross at or call 413-663-7588, ext. 29.

The BRCC provides peer support to those seeking and maintaining recovery from addiction. BRCC is a peer-led effort that offers support groups, connections to networks that can assist anyone seeking recovery, and opportunities to socialize with others. The community center has open hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Green, 85 Main St. in North Adams, and is free and open to all.

BRCC is a safe and welcoming community of people in recovery, their families and friends. BRCC nurtures and supports people in all stages and on all paths of recovery through peer-led, holistic approaches by sharing life experiences, skills and social connections.



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