Our certified Peer Recovery Coaches volunteer their services to those in or seeking recovery through an intensive, non-clinical, one-on-one partnership. Our coaches aim to aid each coachee remove personal and environmental barriers to recovery and to assist in identifying and building upon a coachee’s recovery capital.

Fellowship Foundation’s Peer Recovery Coaching Program pairs individuals seeking recovery with an appropriate Peer Recovery Coach. Our coaches work with coachees to ascertain their recovery goals, develop an individualized recovery plan, and leverage existing recovery capital and generate additional capital to successfully meet goals. Coaches provide nonjudgemental supportive feedback to coachees and guide them into the recovery community.

Recovery Coaching in the Recovery Support Services field has played a major role and has produced a proven benefit to those in recovery. Recovery coaches may have struggled with Substance Use Disorder in the past, which gives them the ability to offer social support for those starting their recovery. Recovery Coaches may be volunteers or professionals and are often people who have had a great success in recovery themselves.

The Recovery Coach is not a clinical role, however the services they offer can make the therapeutic process more successful. The Recovery Coach has four main roles:

Emotional support – assisting the client improve their confidence as they navigate through a new way of life without any mind altering substances.
Affiliational support – helping those in recovery with the development of social skills, build a support system, and develop a sense of community.
Informational support – assist the client gather the needed resources they need to return to a“normal” life both, personally and professionally
Instrumental support – helping them accomplish basic personal and professional tasks to improve their lives

A Recovery Coach or mentor should not be confused with the 12 step sponsor. The two are quite different.

The Recovery Coach will meet their client at some point in the recovery process. Typically, Recovery Coaching is most effective in mid to later recovery, after the client has gone through treatment. It will be up to the Recovery Coach to develop a mutually beneficial relationship based on trust.

Recovery Coaches will be expected to adhere to the same principles – legally, ethically, and professionally – as clinicians in the field. Privacy and boundaries are two of the most important concepts for anyone working with a client. However the responsibilities of the Recovery Coach extend much further.

Recovery Coach will spend a great deal of time working one-on-one and in groups with their client in recovery. They will help the client choose the best path for their own recovery. Coaches will also work with their clients to connect them with resources in the community that will foster personal and professional growth. During this time, they will offer emotional support to help their clients develop the confidence to go out on their own after their initial treatment program is complete.


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