MWV Supports 

Helping our community advocate for those struggling with Substance Use Disorder

What is a Recovery Coach?

Recovery coaching is for people both in recovery from addiction themselves, or for family members, friends and loved ones of those who have been affected by another’s addiction.

Recovery coaches are not therapists, counselors, clinicians, clergy or 12 step sponsors. They occupy a very unique and distinct lane on the recovery highway.

Recovery coaches do not offer primary treatment for addiction, do not diagnose, and are not associated with any particular method or means of recovery. They support any positive change, helping persons coming home from treatment to avoid relapse, build community support for recovery, or work on life goals not related to addiction such as relationships, work, or education. Recovery coaching is action-oriented with an emphasis on improving present life and reaching future goals.

Recovery coaching is a form of strengths-based support for persons with addictions or in recovery from other mental and physical health issues. Recovery coaches assist clients in: 

  • Stabilizing in recovery and maintaining the gains they achieved in treatment
  • Solidifying and integrating new coping skills and lifetime behaviors
  • Identifying and addressing triggers in their environment
  • Learning to coach them selves, improve their performance, setting and achieving goals to help them enhance their quality of life

Recovery Coaches promote recovery; remove barriers; build recovery capital; connect recoverees with recovery support services; and encourage hope, optimism and healthy living.  Recovery coaches often will assist individuals in removing various barriers such as assisting with employment, housing, educational needs, connections to mental health resources when desired, connections to meetings through multiple pathways as well as recovery oriented social network events, activities and other wellness related opportunities. 

Recovery Coaches have a responsibility to:

Help persons in recovery achieve their personal recovery goals by promoting self-determination, personal responsibility, and the empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery.

Maintain high standards of personal conduct, and conduct themselves in a manner that supports their own recovery.

Serve as advocates for the people they serve.

Shall not perform services outside of the boundaries and scope of their expertise, Shall be aware of the limits of their training and capabilities, and shall collaborate with other professionals and Recovery Coaches to best meet the needs of the person(s) served.

Shall preserve an objective and ethical relationship at all times.

Shall only work under supervision.

Protect the privacy and confidentiality of persons served in adherence with Federal Confidentiality, HIPAA laws, local jurisdiction and state laws and regulations. This includes electronic privacy standards (Social Media, Texting, Video Conferencing etc).

Maintain required documentation for and in all client records as required by my agency or the Federal requirements making certain that records are documented honestly and stored securely.

Identify and report any violations of the Code of Ethics.

Do not exploit personal relationships within MWVSR for personal gain.

Do not under any circumstances sexually exploit or harass other individuals.

Do not act in any way that violates the civil, legal, or ethical rights of others.

Work to resist gossip, hearsay, and rumors.

Remember, that in the eyes of the public, we represent people in recovery at all times.

Your actions influence how the community sees the recovery movement.

Responsibility to one’s self, the people in recovery, and to the organization:

The responsibility for personal recovery resides with the individual; understanding that his/her personal recovery comes before any MWVSR activity. Recovery Coaches need to ensure that people in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction will be treated with dignity and respect in their personal recovery process. Recovery Coaches make an effort to see that MWVSR empowers recovering people in their physical, emotional, and spiritual growth and that MWVSR provides opportunities for them to make significant contributions to themselves, their families and friends, their communities, and our society. They work to represent all people in recovery, especially those who feel they have no voice.

MWVSR Recovery Coaches:

Work under the overarching principles outlined in the MWVSR Vision and Mission

Maintain MWVSR integrity

Involve recovering people, their families, significant others, and friends in educating policy makers, service providers, legislators, and general public about the recovery process.

Participate in planning and programmatic decision making processes.

Hold existing leadership accountable so that future leadership is developed from within the organization.

Reach out to new members of MWVSR.

Contribute to the overall health of the recovery community and the community at large.

We are stewards of the public trust. We use our resources wisely, and we lead by example.  

We believe in the concept of mutual support. We help each other through teamwork, and we assist those seeking services.

We are empowered by entrusting our success to our community.

We are responsible and accountable to the recovery community.

We keep up-to-date on the latest information and trends related to the recovery community.

We accept all members of the recovery community.

We are members of the recovery community, and we commit to authentic representation of all voices in that community.

We are committed to a recovery community inclusive of all.

We treat each other with compassion, respect, dignity, and understanding.

We are respectful of the diversity of our community, which we define as culture, gender, social status, and values of our community.

Report and remove yourself from any real or perceived conflict of interest.