Recovery Coaching

We offer both Recovery Coaching and Life Coaching. Neither are mutually exclusive. Substance Use Disorder is a complex disease, caused by a number of contributing factors. It does not come about solely from drinking too much for too long or taking too many drugs for too long. There are underlying causes which can be pre-existing, and other contributing causes which develop as a result of substance abuse. With Recovery Coaching, abstinence can be achieved and routines can be changed over time with work and commitment. A thorough and experienced coach can help identify patterns, reveal causes and help the individual who has been abusing substances understand the “why” part of their illness from an educated and informed perspective. Most substance abusers are seeking relief from some type of emotional or physical pain. Working with a trained and credentialed coach can help the suffering person as wells as their loved-ones, develop coping skills and solutions based uponthe issues identified through intense session work.  A Recovery Coach is a  professional sober life coach. This is someone who guides and supports a person in recovery from addiction and helps prevent relapses. Did you know that up to 65 percent of people relapse back into drinking or using at least once in their first year of recovery following traditional rehabilitation?  Sadly, we know that not all those who relapse make it back to sobriety or even live through that relapse.  The odds are daunting, but real. The goal of a recovery coach is to be actively involved in the life of a recovering addict in order to prevent relapse. 

Recovery coaches help people with active addictions as well as persons already in recovery with some "clean time". Recovery coaches are helpful for making decisions about what to do with your life and the discovery of how your addiction and recovery plays a big part in it. Recovery coaches help clients find ways to stop active drinking or using (achieve abstinence), and reduce harm associated with addictive behaviors. Recovery coaches can help a client find sources for harm reduction, detox, treatment, family support, recovery education and local or online support groups for traveling clients.  Recovery Coaches help a client create a change plan to maintain recovery for the long-term.

Recovery coaches do not offer primary treatment for addiction, do not diagnose, and are not associated with any particular method or means of recovery. Recovery coaches support any positive change, helping persons coming home from treatment to avoid relapse, construct a safe and healthy recovery routine, build community support for recovery, or work on life goals not directly related to addiction such as healthy relationships, career work, school and education goals, etc. Recovery coaching is action oriented with an emphasis on improving life now and planning for safe and healthy goals in the future.  Recovery coaching is unlike most therapy because coaches do not use tired and outdated treatment methods like many therapists and rehabs and do not prescribe medications.

Got Some Clean and Sober Time Already?  Relapsed? Previously in Treatment?

If you’ve been through rehab, inpatient or outpatient programs, or some form of counseling or support group and you have been sober for a day or a week or a significant period of time, you can expect some struggles.  Maybe you feel like there are "triggers" tempting you to drink or use and you are afraid of what may happen.  That bar where you used to hang out with friends and drink is right on your daily drive and "it's calling you".  Maybe a friend or lover with whom you drank and used keeps texting or calling you.  Maybe you don't know how to have a social life without feeling pressured to "party" with alcohol.  You feel depressed, anxious and stressed out and you know that in the past, a few drinks or just one joint, pill, or snort will ease these feelings and you are struggling with staying sober. These are the subtle or not-so-subtle, thoughts that make the disease of addiction so very powerful.

Recovery is hard and relapse is common. There is never a guarantee of recovery after relapse, that's the ever-present danger of this dilemna.  How can you avoid turning back to drugs and alcohol? There are a lot of strategies out there, treatment recommendations like going to 12-Step meetings and working with a sponsor, but for some people, these and other "suggestions" aren’t always enough. On the other hand, you may be feeling secure in your sobriety, but your life revolves around avoiding relapse. You aren’t thriving when operating on fear when every day feels like a chore.  Help is available.  A Certified Professional Recovery Coach is trained to help the addict discover ways to ease the pressure, enjoy the new life of sobriety and attain long-term abstinence.

Recovery Coach Role

Coaching goes beyond therapy and beyond what a sponsor does. A coach is much more than any one thing. A good recovery coach is a leader, a mentor, a partner, a safe confidant, a spiritual guide and a cheerleader. A Recovery Coach is armed to tap many-many resources and approaches to help a client stay sober and to build a life that is meaningful and enjoyable. A coach wants the client to be more than just sober. A good coach wants the client to thrive.

What will a coaching program look like for me?

Following an initial consultation and enrollment in our program, 75 minute face-to-face coaching sessions begin.  A personalized recovery plan is designed based on the clients goals and will include one or more face-to-face in-person appointments each week based on assessed needs.  Web-based wellness checks and messaging are features of our daily accountability program as well as round-the-clock personal access to your recovery coach.    


We employ many modalities in our coaching program that empower our clients to change their perceptions about the need for psychoactive substances like alcohol, cocaine, meth and others.  Techniques like meditation, guided relaxation sessions and art therapy are used to promote mindfulness and focus on the present.

What a Coach Is Not

A recovery coach fills a pretty big role, but there are limits. A coach is not a doctor or a therapist. The coach cannot diagnose you with an addiction or clinically treat your addiction. A coach will not tell you what to do. If you are looking for someone to make all of your decisions for you, a coach is not the answer. A coach is a guide, not a dictator and a coach is available when the going gets rough.

Want A Life of Sustainable Recovery?

"It must be Built to Fit & Fill Each Individual's Core Personal Needs"


Our Professional Coaching Program is Built on These Elements:

  • 25 yrs addiction experience

  • Fully Credentialed

  • Continuing Ed. Training

  • Personal Recovery Experience

  • Strength-based program

  • Evidence-based theorem

  • Trauma-informed client care

  • Solution-focused approach

  • Relapse prevention

  • Abstinence contracting

  • Recovery Capital building

  • Confidence-building techniques

  • Sober Life Structuring

  • Recovery affirmation process

  • Value system structuring

  • Conjoint Coaching Sessions

  • Family program integration

  • Relationship building & renewal

  • Spousal Coaching Sessions

  • Mindfulness sessions

  • C.A.M. Interventions (complimentary alternative medicine)

  • Guided meditative practices

  • Aromatherapy environment

  • Individualized structure

  • Safe-harbor domicile inspections

  • Drug & Alcohol testing services

How will he help me?
Here are just a few examples of what a coach might do for you:

  • Be there, day or night. Unlike a sponsor, who is a volunteer, a coach works for you. If you need him at 3 a.m. because you think you might use, he will be there.

  • Keep you accountable. A coach will make sure you do what you say you will do and will take the necessary steps to make sure you aren’t using. This could mean random drug testing or checking your house for stashes.

  • Find resources. A coach can help you find the resources you need to get more treatment or to engage in other activities that will enrich your life, like education or finding a better job.

  • Help you set and achieve goals. Coaches want their clients to succeed, but they will not do the work for them. A coach can help you realize what goals you want to achieve and will guide you toward their successful conclusion.

  • Communicate with family. Getting back together with family after addiction can be tricky. A coach will help you to reconnect in a productive way.


To schedule a no-cost phone consultation, please use the form below.  We will reach out within 12 hours with hope and solutions. 


"Alcoholics and addicts are not bad people, they are in fact, really-really good people who are suffering from a bad illness". 


You are important and deserve to get well! 


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