The Science of Addiction and Recovery Training of Facilitators (SOAR TOT)

The Science of Addiction and Recovery Training of Trainers (SOAR TOT) is available for adolescents, adults, peers/clients, service providers, and community members who are in long- term recovery. We begin with a SOAR presentation then participants practice presenting one or more sections of the presentation. You will leave the training with access to a complete set of the Faces and Voices of Recovery’s SOAR PowerPoint that includes a script for each slide, SOAR handout templates, and presenter self-assessment tools for developing a mastery level of proficiency and confidence in engaging audiences in discussions about the SOAR. Upon completion of this 6-hour workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Deliver the SOAR presentation to meet its two objectives of explaining: 1) the neuropsychology of addiction and recovery and 2) why the SOAR is important for recovery advocacy and the recovery community,
  • Answer the eight most frequently asked questions during SOAR presentations,
  • Describe three keys to becoming a successful presenter, and
  • Identify six components of an effective presentation.

This training prepares professionals and peers to connect science-based facts with the trainer’s and participants’ lived experience for a nuanced and impactful experience. Sharing real stories of life challenges, thinking and emotional reactions, and associated recovery triumphs replaces “confronting denial” with listening, validation and intrinsic motivation. Like any skill, this takes practice and TOT participants are invited to intentionally engage in progressive development activities. This growth is further enhanced by participating in the other asset-based community development and appreciative inquiry trainings offered by the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse.