Our mission

Ethical, research, trauma-informed training

Our mission at International Recovery Institute is providing the highest standard of ethical, research, trauma-informed training to bring innovative treatment methods that support sustainable long-term recovery and the creation of a life worth living for individuals and their families.

Founded by Pioneers in The Industry

Past, present, and future

“I am actively working as a Recovery Specialist... They have changed the business, set new standards and put the bar for Recovery Coaching where it needs to be. If you hire a Recovery Specialist you need to know if they are trained by IRI!

Christine - CASA-T, Recovery Coach

Continuum of care

The recognition that a continuum of care for individuals and their families is one of the most important factors in relapse prevention and long-term recovery for substance abuse, addiction, and mental health issues has resulted in the development of the field of Recovery Specialists (Recovery Coaches, or Sober Companions). The profession of Recovery Specialist has seen tremendous growth since the pioneering company Hired Power was founded in 2002 to the presence of over 29 companies in 2015. Together these companies contract hundreds of Recovery Coaches across the country. There are also hundreds of individuals of various levels identifying themselves in this role.

Building a Network

Research over the past 5-6 decades has shown that the other critical factor for relapse prevention and long-term recovery from these chronic, relapsing diseases is the involvement of not only the persons of concern, but also their families, concerned professionals, social systems, and workplace. The Evidence-Based, Best Practice ARISE® Comprehensive Care with Invitational Intervention® program incorporates these two critical factors and is one of the other fundamental bases of the International Recovery Institute.

The Beginning

In 2015, the International Recovery Institute (IRI) was established by two well known and highly respected professionals who have pioneered Recovery Coaches, Continuing Care, and the involvement of families: Nanette Zumwalt CADC, CCJP, CIP of Hired Power, Judith Landau MD, DPM, LMFT, CFLE, CIP, CAI,CRS, of ARISE® Network, have come together to pioneer this exciting company. 

Research-driven, ethical practice

IRI’s purpose is to promote the field of Recovery Specialists and to advance it through the highest standards of training, ethics, credentialing and research-driven practice. It is time for this growing service to establish credibility and not just popularity. 

The stress of current global challenges is resulting in a dramatic increase in the need for Recovery Specialists to serve people struggling with behavioral/mental health and addiction.  Suicide is the leading cause of death in young women, and young men are not far behind.  

Recovery Specialists can provide a foundation of self-efficacy through apprenticeship, modeling, mentoring, on-the-spot intervention, and persuading, educating and repeated success.  Combining this with cutting edge family theory and a focus on healing and recovery of not only the individual but the family as whole is the basis of the IRI training.


We Are Here To Help You With Any Questions You May Have

Anyone wishing to take their career in the Recovery field to a professional level. 
The virtual course is 10 weeks long, with twice weekly meetings on Zoom.  Live, on-site training is a 3-day event. 
Contact us via email at [email protected] 
Level 1 training is $1495, payment plans are available. 
Visit our training page and select the course that’s right for you.