National Recovery Institute (NRI)

Peer-run training and technical assistance focused on increasing knowledge, capacity, and accountability of recovery support providers.

Recovery changes lives for the better. Our objective is to share our life experience and recovery expertise to help recovery organizations across the country become more effective in their respective missions.

Faces & Voices of Recovery drives toward improving lives by supporting recovery organizations in every way we can. The National Recovery Institute (NRI) is critical in strengthening this support. We enjoy the benefits of long-term recovery, and many of us have become experts in the field of recovery from substance use and mental health disorders. The NRI is where we share our recovery service expertise, current information, analytics, best practices, and more.

The National Recovery Institute provides:

  • Regional trainers
  • Expert support for the peer workforce
  • Decades of experience
  • Deep roster of subject matter experts
  • Strong roots in the peer movement
  • Peer integrity first and always
  • Training based on current national standards
  • Strength-based knowledge delivery
  • Training programs specific to your needs

Who We Are

Our Recovery Institute team is drawn from internal staff and a pool of consultants loaded with expertise in recovery and wellness support services, organizational development, peer workforce support, and more. Our team is always working on learning more and offering leading-edge information to recovery support providers and organizations.

What We Do

The National Recovery Institute offers competency and strength based on professional development and leadership training specific to our field. Our training is accessible to all learning styles through a combination of information sharing, dialogue, and experiential activities. Through a consultative process, our team will build an onsite or online training program specific to you and your organization.


Professional development and peer workforce training benefits everyone in an organization and is an effective human resource asset to improve staff retention. In addition to improved performance and accountability, organizations that offer ongoing staff development opportunities enjoy improved loyalty and retention.

We approach professional and organizational development in a variety of ways, depending on organizational need. These include consultation, learning communities, on-site and virtual training, and on-site and virtual technical assistance.

Explore the National Recovery Institute


Because we work with many types of recovery support organizations, we offer a varied menu of on-site and virtual training for agencies, organizations, and groups.

For improving skills and taking organizational performance to the next level, a live training event makes an immediate impact. Intense interaction with peers, in-the-moment questioning of experts, and seeing the real-life application of information in real time is positively empowering for staff.

If your organization has a specific training need not on our current menu, we will design a curriculum and a delivery format just for you.

Technical Assistance

Learn more about the NRI on-site and virtual technical assistance programs.

Learn More about Technical Assistance

Workforce Development

Continuing education is a proven method for sustained staff development and improved peer workforce and employee performance. Excellent training experiences, on-the-job guidance, enlightened supervision, and ongoing educational opportunities are key elements in developing and retaining a strong, sustainable workforce. The National Recovery Institute at Faces & Voices of Recovery will consult with your organization to establish an effective program for training and certification for your peer workforce.

National Credentials

Two national organizations have developed and offered credentials to help advance the credibility and integrity of the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) peer workforce. For more information click the links below:

NAADAC –National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (NCPRSS)

International Credentialing & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) – Peer Recovery Credential

Adjunct Faculty

Our National Recovery Institute faculty are drawn from our peer member ranks and from partners with specialized knowledge and expertise.

Peer Recovery Support Credentials

Learn more about obtaining credentials for Peer Recovery Support Services staff.

Development Initiatives

Learn more about our Organizational and Professional Development opportunities.