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Phillip Valentine

Executive Director

Connecticut Community For Addiction Recovery (CCAR)


Keynote Speaker

Phil and Sandy take you on a journey from early recovery to Phil's spirit-led decision to hike the entire Appalachian Trail after overcoming a stage-four cancer diagnosis. Hear about the power of connection to be found with others in nature, especially when galvanized by the shared challenges of a journey, and the impact of family, perseverance, faith, miracles, and, of course, recovery.

Phillip Valentine


Phil Valentine, RCP is the Executive Director for the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR). An accomplished facilitator, speaker and leader, Phil has devoted his career to recovery promotion. As a man in recovery since 1987, Phil is seen as a leader in the recovery coach profession, training thousands of coaches over the years, writing numerous blogs, developing innovative recovery support services and hosting the Recovery Matters! podcast with his wife Sandy. In 2015, Phil completed a thruhike of the Appalachian Trail, a journey of 2,189 miles, carrying the message of recovery the entire way; recently completing a book available on now, “Continue: Right Click on the Appalachian Trail”

One Journey: Multiple Pathways

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