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 an 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
I am in long term recovery from substance dependence. I struggled for many years to find purpose and direction, drifting aimlessly through life. 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. I look forward to helping you on your journey to wellness.
I am employed as an Addiction Support Worker, working with youth, young adults, and adults. I hold a certificate in Recovery Coaching and have training and knowledge in Mental Health First Aid, Harm Reduction, Indigenous Culture & Safety, S.M.A.R.T. Recovery, 12 Steps (AA/NA), Youth Work and Trauma Informed Care. I have certificates in 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.