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
Sober Companion services: 24-hour live-in support (contact for details and fees)
Meet your coach
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 a 90-day addiction treatment program and came out with a new outlook on myself and my life. In my early recovery, I became a father, endured several hardships, severe 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 - and how to help others.
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 am currently the Program Manager of a large supportive recovery home and have worked at several addiction treatment centres as an Addiction Support Worker facilitating
bio-psycho-social groups while supporting clients on their journey. 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 in ASIST suicide prevention, Naloxone administration, First Aid and Non Violent Crisis Intervention, among other training.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my two young children, hiking, yoga, fitness, 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.