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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.