Looking for the best recovery coach training? You found it!
IAPRC’s CPRC program was recently named the Best Overall Recovery Coach Certification program in 2023  by Life Coach Magazine.  IAPRC was the magazine’s top pick due to its reputable accreditation and variety of certification programs. These programs accommodate both aspiring coaches and experienced professionals.  Life Coach Magazine is a source for professionals in the coaching field to discover new opportunities and stay up to date with the latest in the industry.  Selection criteria included programs that have a strong history, offer accreditation through recognized entities like ICF, and have received positive feedback from students.   

History of the Best Recovery Coach Training Program

The IAPRC’s mission is to provide leadership in the emerging field of Professional Recovery Coaching worldwide in order to enhance the quality of life and health for individuals, families and communities impacted by addiction. Our programs are designed to meet the rapidly changing needs of professionals and others working to provide substance abuse and mental health services. We have been in the field since 1996, known as NET Institute.

NET Institute has trained thousands of students worldwide who desire to strengthen families and communities and serve the addicted, the marginalized and the poor. Founded by Dr. Jean LaCour, she oversaw curriculum development, faculty selection and insured the maintenance of professional standards. She represented NET Institute nationally and globally. In early 2014, Dr. LaCour launched her newest and most innovative endeavor- The CPRC Professional Recovery Coach Program. Currently Cheryl Brown-Merriwether is serving as the Executive Director for the NET Training Institute – Center for Addiction and Recovery Education.

Ms. Brown-Merriwether has more than 20 years of experience as a professional in human resources, management, recovery support and adult education. Worth more than her 20 years of experience is the passion that she brings to this work. Our leadership is one reason that we are the best recovery coach training program.


The ICF, International Coach Federation, recognizes our training programs and has authorized us to provide 60 Hours of Approved ICF Continuing Coach Education credits (CCEs) through Blended Learning.  This means our students and graduates who successfully complete our self-paced online training Modules AND then enroll and participate in the corresponding Live Skills Groups for these online Modules, will receive valuable Certificates of Completion with ICF CCEs.


In addition, our training materials consistently meet professional standards recognized by the federal agency called SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services in the US federal government.

We also work with incredible partners such as SheRecovers and University of Wisconsin!
This professional recognition makes all the difference as you begin to gather your clients and begin your new career.

Student Feedback Really Makes Us The Best Recovery Coach Training Program

We could not be the best recovery coach training program without having successful students.
It is real life testimonials like these that keep us going!

“As a graduate of the Certified Professional Recovery Coach Dual Program, I can say the instruction I received, and their continuing support, has been instrument in starting and developing my practice as a Certified Recovery and Certified Life Coach. The information was the most thorough and up-to-date I’ve received in my seven years in the recovery field. If you’re looking for a complete program to launch your new career with two credentials, look no further. “


“I appreciate that it came with a course guide that I can continue to use. I also like that I can go back and listen to the program whenever I need it. Honestly, I like the time frame I was able to finish it in. It’s not that it’s short; it’s that it is succinct. There is no spoon-feeding and that worked for me. …the instruction sounds like it’s coming from a place of care and not just business. That said, I really did appreciate the business advice and plans at the end.”

K.L. CPC , New York

Professional Recovery Coaching is about results and energizes people in long term recovery from addiction or codependency to discover new levels of satisfaction and purpose in life. Now that you’ve found the best recovery coach training program, it’s time to get started!

We offer training and certification programs created for Counselors, Therapists, Professional Coaches and all others seeking a specialty in Addiction Recovery Life Coaching.

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