Addiction Care: Early Recovery *NEW

The Recovery Book

Gain an overall understanding of the three stages (or zones) of recovery and recognize the challenges of early recovery including navigating treatment services, connecting with mutual support groups, living sober, preventing relapse and learning self-care. 

Addiction is a progressive condition that affects every aspect of the human experience: physical, psychological, social, familial, professional, legal, financial, and spiritual. The progression moves through stages from early, to middle, to advanced stages that can lead to death without strategic interventions. Many types of professionals are skilled in delivering acute care responses to addiction including emergency first responders, doctors, nurses, personnel in detoxification centers, psychologists, therapists, social workers, recovery support specialists, etc. This course provides Addiction Professionals with best practices in addiction care related to early recovery in order to better support a client’s transition from clinical treatment or detoxification services into the initial phase of ‘Recovery.’ Like addiction, recovery is marked by stages referred to as early, middle, and long term or established recovery.  Addiction Care: Early Recovery is based on The Recovery Book, 2nd Ed. by Al J. Mooney, M.D. It is an exhaustive guide on what to expect and how to navigate the stages of the recovery journey.  Dr. Mooney provides professionals, recovering individuals and family members with a clear recovery plan along with supporting evidence, real life examples and expert advice on how to move through the stages of recovery while avoiding potential pitfalls. While this book was written in a style that speaks directly to individuals who are new to recovery, Addiction Professionals will gain proven practical tools and insights to better assist their clients in getting and staying sober.


LEARNING OUTCOMES - While completingAddiction Care: Early Recovery the student will:

  1. Review the three stages (or zones) of the Recovery Zone System.
  2. Understand the goals and objectives of the Red Zone: Activating Your Recovery.
  3. Learn the necessity of individual commitment to a plan.
  4. Take a closer look at: Detox, Inpatient Treatment and 12 Step and other support Fellowships.
  5. Learn how recovering people in the Red Zone navigate relationships and socializing.
  6. Learn how recovering people in the Red Zone handle education, work and finances.
  7. Understand the keys to establishing physical and mental health in the Red Zone.
  8. Review important concepts in working with teens and young adults in recovery.
  9. Explore the contemporary discussion around the role of 12 Step programs in treatment.


Certification Areas and Continuing Education: 10 Hours Total 

Understanding Addiction 5 hours / Treatment Knowledge 5 hours


REQUIRED MATERIALS:  The Recovery Book, Al J. Mooney, M.D., Workman Publishing 2nd Ed. 

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