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Find balance.

Regaining your health and creating a lifestyle that brings you long and short term satisfaction are vital to recovering from substance dependence.  Achieving long term behavior change is supported by living a balanced life.  Recovery coaching can start you or a loved one down this path.

What is a Recovery Coach?

A coach offers guidance on the recovery experience, introduction to communities of recovery/mutual support groups, consultation on problems encountered in early recovery, on-going monitoring of recovery stability, assistance with lifestyle reconstruction, and, if needed, support through lapses and relapses.  Many recovering substance users benefit from a personal guide who facilitates disengagement from the culture of addiction and engagement in a culture of recovery.  A Recovery Coach offers a level of accountability and personal attention to clients by:​

  • Using a collaborative, client centered, strength-based approach

  • Helping increase motivation to reach goals 

  • Focusing on action & outcome

  • Identifying and removing barriers to recovery

  • Connecting individuals to community resources 

  • Bridging the gap between in-patient treatment and after-care support

  • Assisting with life skills including proper eating habits, exercise, budgeting, employment, volunteering, and establishing a self-care plan

 

Meet your coach

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I am in long term recovery from substance dependence. 

I struggled for many years to find purpose and direction, drifting aimlessly through life harming myself with addictive substances and alcohol.  Once I learned what I was up against, I put forth all my energy to get well.  I completed 90 days in treatment and came out with a new outlook on myself and life.  In my early recovery, I became a father, endured several hardships, depression and a relapse.  These events did not stop me on my path to recovery.  I had a new sense of motivation that I had never experienced before.  I continued to learn about addiction, recovery, spirituality, exercise, nutrition, psychology, emotions and mindfulness.  The more knowledge I gained, the more I learned about myself, addiction and how to thrive in recovery.    

I understand recovery just does not happen overnight.  It takes time, effort and commitment.  My supportive, caring and authentic approach provides a level of care that will help people move forward in life, away from addictive substances.  My goal is to uplift my clients with compassion, integrity and professionalism. 

I have worked at several treatment centres as an Addiction Support Worker facilitating

bio-psycho-social groups while supporting clients to get well.  I hold a certificate in Recovery Coaching and am a trained SMART Recovery facilitator.  I have training and knowledge in Mental Health First Aid, Harm Reduction, Indigenous Culture & Safety, 12 Steps (AA/NA), Youth Work and Trauma Informed Care.  I hold certificates for Naloxone administration, First Aid with CPR and Non Violent Crisis Intervention.

​In my free time I enjoy spending time with my two young children, hiking, yoga, mountain biking, skiing, golfing and appreciate being outside in nature.

Addiction doesn't define a person, being able to gain satisfaction through engagement with the world trumps addiction.  People can overcome addiction when they have positive options, meaningful goals and control of their lives.  Recovery is a process of restoring or developing a positive and meaningful sense of identity, apart from one's condition, and then rebuilding one's life, despite or within the limitations imposed by that condition.