Recovery Training and Self Help (RTSH)

Recovery Training and Self Help (RTSH) is a relapse prevention technique that combines as many as four strategies and can be used effectively in the context of aftercare and/or follow-up counseling services provided in the course of addiction recovery. RTSH can be used as part of either residential or outpatient programs. RTSH enables clients to learn how to identify and deal with specific high risk situations, how to enjoy social situations that do not involve drugs, and how to develop new relationships, both social and intimate.

To enhance the clinical competency of alcohol and drug treatment professionals by training them to understand and implement the Recovery Training and Self Help (RTSH), a Relapse prevention and aftercare approach that has been empirically tested and found to be effective in supporting clients in maintaining recovery


Participants will be able to:

  • Identify four key components of RTSH
  • Describe fundamental concepts that RTSH is based on
  • Describe the key elements of a Recovery Training Group, Fellowship Group, Group social Recreation
  • Recognize the value of Senior Recovering Persons
  • Identify five parts of a Recovery Training Group
  • Identify key leader skills in implementing a RT Group
Dr. Thomas H. Coyne was one of the original contributors to the development of the NIDA Research Dissemination and Application (RDA) packages also known as Technology Transfer Packages (TTP). He was also part of the original training team disseminating these strategies around the country in 1993. He later became a Master Trainer and lead consultant during NIDA's Training of Trainers initiative to disseminate these packages to the field. Dr. Coyne continues to provide trainings on these two proven and effective relapse prevention approaches. He is the most experienced trainer in the country, and has been delivering these workshops nationally for the past seventeen years. These trainings equip participants with proven and effective recovery methods to assist their clients in developing coping techniques to stay drug and alcohol free.
Evidence Based - Proven Effective - Designed for Transfer