Recovery Coaching

What is Recovery?

The definition of recovery is different for everyone. Getting sober, for example, isn’t necessarily being in recovery if nothing else changes. As your coach, I help you define what recovery is for you using a harm-reduction and recovery-focused approach. My wish for you is a life filled with joy, fulfillment, and most of all freedom from the slavery of addiction!

What is Recovery Coaching?

Recovery coaching is rapidly becoming the norm in today’s treatment continuum and was created because something more was needed to complement existing treatment methods. Recovery Coaching is based on dreams, plans, actions, and accountability. My style of coaching incorporates Socratic questioning, empathy, experiential wisdom, and intuition.

Is Recovery Coaching the same as Therapy?

A Recovery Coach is NOT a therapist, marriage counselor, or trauma specialist. Recovery coaching is based on a partnership/consultation relationship between a professional coach and a client (rather than an expert-patient relationship). Recovery coaching is about moving forward and creating momentum based on hopes and dreams rather than delving into past issues.

Who is an Addiction Recovery Coach suitable for?

Individuals of all ages and in all stages of active addiction, recovery, and co-dependency can benefit from having a Recovery Coach. This includes people who are actively using substances, just beginning on their recovery journey, or as part of an after-care plan following treatment. I also work with family members struggling with a loved one’s alcohol or drug misuse. Co-dependency is a very painful relationship shared with spouses, children, and other family
members of a loved one who is living an addictive lifestyle.

Who do I work with as a Recovery Coach?

My passion is working with women and families. This includes women who are:

  • Partying and needing support to cut back or quit;
  • Pregnant and having difficulty quitting drinking or using;
  • Being released from a residential treatment centre;
  • Already in recovery and wanting to kick things up a notch; and
  • Obsessed about someone else’s addictive lifestyle.

Mothers especially face unique issues when addiction is a factor. Mothers are fierce and will often do for their kids what they can’t do for themselves. Mothers are also the bedrock of the family and the community. When the mother is empowered and strong, the entire family can begin to heal. The ripple effect this can create is incomprehensible.

How can a Recovery Coach help?

If you are still using and want to stop, or have recently completed a treatment program, you will require considerable support. In the first year especially, it takes time for life to settle down and make sense. A Recovery Coach can help you navigate this minefield of heightened emotions and life’s presenting challenges. No matter what stage, you become empowered by your own choices and find solutions and answers within yourself which align with your own evolving values and beliefs.

What does recovery feel like?

Change is up and down. Recovery is a process of “becoming.” Losses become lessons. Challenges become triumphs. Freedom from cravings and obsession is liberating and creates a space for you to accomplish things you never thought possible. You can expect a growing optimism, an increased sense of self-worth and feelings of gratitude and hope. You will become the person you were meant to be, your heart will soar, and you will find your life’s purpose. That’s how it’s been for me, anyways.

What is a Recovery Coach session like?

Time is spent developing individualized and meaningful plans that support your goals. I will help facilitate your journey as you identify, dismantle, and replace destructive habits and beliefs. I will hold you accountable for taking action, be your biggest cheerleader, and believe in you until you believe in yourself. Working on focused and personalized goals and strategies can accelerate your growth process and lay a foundation for success and a substance free lifestyle.

How is the brain involved?

The brain is designed for relationships to be the primary source of joy in life. In active addiction, activity shifts from the front of the brain, the part designed to be in charge, to the back of the brain, concerned with fear, anxiety, anger and primitive survival impulses. An important aspect of recovery and recovery coaching is learning to live from the front part of the brain where new mental habits can take root and grow. This helps develop mindfulness and resilience, both essential ingredients in recovery.

Are fees covered by Extended Medical Service Plans?

No. Addiction has long been defined as a chronic progressive disorder, but typically treated in an acute or short-term model of care. The substance abuse treatment field is currently experiencing a shift into longer-term Recovery Orientated Systems of Care (ROSC). Best practices include Professional Recovery Coaching, Recovery Management, and Recovery Support Services. ROSC is a relatively new concept in the substance-use disorder field. The structure of ROSC will likely evolve as these systems mature and are evaluated.

Code of Ethics for Professional Coaches

Addiction Recovery Coaches agree to uphold professional standards of conduct and to be clear about professional ethics, responsibilities, and roles. As a Certified Professional Recovery Coach, I adhere to the International Association of Professional Recovery Coaches (IAPRC), NET Institute for Addiction and Recovery Education, and Fowler International Code of Ethics.