Recovery Coaching

What is Recovery Coaching?

Recovery Coaching is a powerful tool in supporting those seeking or in recovery from Substance Use Disorder. Recovery coaches address Substance Use Disorder in a holistic way, recognizing that it affects almost every aspect of a person's life, as well as their family's.


This strengths-based, one-on-one approach works with the affected person's own goals for recovery, health and wellness, empowering them to make positive choices and assisting them with accessing resources, removing barriers, and achieving self-efficacy.

Recovery coaching has grown immensely in the last decade and is now widely recognized as a valid method of supporting those with Substance Use Disorder.


In my five years working as a recovery coach, I've witnessed countless miracles and seen amazing people reach for, and achieve, their recovery goals. It's an incredibly rewarding job.

How I use Recovery Coaching Principles in my Workshops...

Recovery coaching is a philosophy that sees each person as their own best resource, believing that the answers they seek, and everything they need, already lies within them.

A good coach is simply a guide to help that person discover their own beliefs, strengths, goals and path.

This same philosophy can be applied to any type of facilitation or learning process. 

In my storytelling and theater workshops, I use this coaching methodology to bring out the best in people, to help them discover the stories and strengths that lie within.


Asking good questions, actively listening, and discovering and managing my own "stuff" is an invaluable set of tools for any facilitator, but especially in creative workshops where people are taking risks, trying new things, and getting out of their comfort zone.


Meeting people where they are, validating their experiences, and supporting their creative and personal choices is another incredible coaching tool not just for the learning process, but for building resilient people and communities as well.


When we are given the chance to share authentically, and be seen, heard and celebrated, we gain a greater understanding of ourselves and our relationship with the world, creating strong connections that extend well beyond the boundaries of a workshop. This is true in both recovery coaching and workshop facilitation. This experience in turn builds stronger people, and communities. 

Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery's Executive Director, Phil Valentine, sharing a story he worked on in a Recovery Storytelling workshop with an audience from CCAR's Bridgeport Recovery Community Center, in May, 2019. 

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