Certified Recovery Coach

Remember, every day is a fresh start.

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.

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SAMSHA'S Guiding Principles of Recovery

  • Recovery emerges from hope.
  • Recovery is person driven.
  • Recovery occurs via many pathways.
  • Recovery is holistic.
  • Recovery is supported by peers and allies.
  • Recovery is supported through relationship and social networks.
  • Recovery is culturally based and influenced.
  • Recovery is supported by addressing trauma.
  • Recovery involves individual, family, and community strengths and responsibility.
  • Recovery is based on respect.

                                                                    Source:  SAMHSA 2012c.

PREVENTION of Substance Use and Mental Disorders l SAMSHA

SAMSHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.

Commit to improving your lifestyle and include healthy habits- good nutrition, adequate sleep, daily movement, connect with others...  Don't become overwhelmed.  Ask for help. Practice self-care. Recovery is not a race.  It will take time but you can do it.  

8 Concepts of Healing from The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary

The 8 Concepts of Healing are from The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary by Angeles Arrien originally from Jeanne Archterberg's book Woman as Healer

  1.  Healing is a lifelong journey toward wholeness.
  2.  Healing is remembering what has been forgotten about connection, and unity and interdependence among all things living and nonliving.
  3.  Healing is embracing what is most feared.
  4.  Healing is opening what has been closed, softening what has hardened into obstruction.
  5.  Healing is entering into the transcendent, timeless moment when one experiences the divine.
  6.  Healing is creative passion and love.
  7.  Healing is seeking and expressing self in its fullness, its light and shadow, its male and female.
  8.  Healing is learning to trust in life.

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Recovery Coach

Recovery Coaching is a form of strength-based, healing centered support for persons in or seeking recovery from alcohol, substances, and other addictions.

Recovery Coaching is a type of partnership where the person in or seeking recovery self-directs their recovery while the coach provides their expertise in supporting successful change. Recovery Coaching focuses on achieving any goals important to the individual. The coach asks questions and offers suggestions to help the client begin to take the lead in addressing his/her recovery needs.  Recovery Coaching focuses on honoring values and making principle-based decisions, creating a clear plan of action, and using current strengths to reach future goals.  The coach serves as an accountability partner to help the person sustain his/her recovery.  The Recovery Coach helps the person access recovery, as well as access systems needed to support recovery.

Recovery Coaches are unlike licensed addiction counselors in that coaches are non-clinical and do not diagnose or treat addiction or any mental health issues. However, a coach may assist in accessing clinical services and finding resources for harm reduction, detox, treatment, family support, education and support groups.

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