Recovery Coaching

Recovery Coach Services

As a Certified Recovery Coach and Certified Life Coach, Jo coaches individuals throughout their journey in recovery to live full, dynamic, and happy lives.

Individual and Group Coaching

The approach is based on the individual’s goals and choices and includes learning self-coaching skills to use for a lifetime.

Contact Jo at 802 229 5256 or for a free coaching strategy session. Jo will coach you for 30 minutes and then we’ll stop. Then we’ll determine if we are a match and whether you would like to proceed with coaching.

Payment is based on a sliding fee scale.

Recovery Coach Trainer

Jo provides individual, group, and organizational training to Recovery Coaches.

She has trained over 250 recovery coaches in Vermont, designing curriculum and teaching over ten 5-day Recovery Coach Academies for Friends of Recovery, VT.

For information on how Jo can support you cadre of recovery coaches contact 802 229 5256,

The Recovery Coach Non-Negotiable Core Principles

People in recovery are seeing extraordinary benefits from peers, faith based leaders and support systems that use the Coaching approach to recovery.

Recovery coaching is changing the dialogue about how we talk about addictions and what is realistically possible. Thus, Recovery Coaching has the potential to really change the way we think about addiction, how we intervene, the way we define it and the scope of the problem.

Core values and principles we raise up as non-negotiable are as follows:

Principle #1. A person in recovery is whole and complete in the present moment, just the way they are, without having to be fixed.

We reject the idea that people are broken and incomplete and not okay. We see each individual with the capacity to learn, grow, embrace wellness as they define it, and find solutions to their dilemmas.

In truth, more people have recovered without specialized treatment. 4 out of 5 people will never get help from the specialty provider. In fact, a seasoned long-time recovery support specialist in Vermont, working with addicts and alcoholics for over 30 years, proclaims that he has seen more movement and change in people with coaching, than all of the combined treatments, supports and systems of care put together. That is a powerful observation!

Why? Because the individual gets to choose, stigma does not exist in the eye of the coach, and they are not judged. Instead with coaching they raise up their interests, talents, strengths and passions and begin to choose a positive life with a strong vision and a goal plan to take baby steps to reach big achievements in their lives. It is a strength-based approach to seeing themselves and their life. They are the subject of their own learning and choices.

Principle #2. An individual recovers at his/her own pace.

We recover at our own pace, not the pace of the coach, sponsor or counselor.

Principle #3. People have the insight to direct their recovery from addictions and mental illness.

They can and do live fulfilling lives, self-defined with a Wellness plan. One of the most common beliefs by professionals in the addictions field is that people are in denial. That people don’t have capacity to see or direct himself or herself towards recovery. Addition is this constant avoidance of the present moment and that comes from a whole lot of traditions and perspectives.

The concept of denial or inability to have insight or that your life is unmanageable is deficit based. In a strength-based approach to life, the person in recovery consistently gains hope and begins to see clearly that they can change.

Principle #4 The person in recovery always sets the tone, goals and objectives of recovery and it is up to then to define what they are.

Recovery always comes from the perspective of the person in recovery. The person in recovery gets to define what recovery means and says whether they are in recovery or not. But regardless how they present, their definition of their recovery is always right. If recovery includes controlled use, harm reduction, AA, the answer is always up to the person in recovery. The answer is up to them.

It is not about the specialist defining what recovery is and determining if the person is in recovery or not. It is not about making them wrong. The Coach helps make them right.

Principle #5. The person in recovery is free to make choices and reaps the benefits and consequences of those choices.

Enabling is not necessary. The goal is not to set up a recovery process where they become dependent on others and external resources. They each have internal resources and an internal compass guide. A recovery coach helps a person tap into that internal treasure chest of resources, connect with it, use it and build that insight. We somehow treat addiction different than any other medical condition – without choice. There are people with high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. People with these medical conditions make choices. Some get well. Some die. We need to give them the choice.

Principle#6. Recovery is an individualized recovery process.

Recovery is about identify and the relationship to self. It is about discovering a positive identify, not a negative one. It is about seeing, honoring, celebrating and supporting yourself in positive ways and figuring out what you want to be and how you want to experience your life. It’s about self-thinking, feeling, and acting and the interaction and the interdependent relationship with one’s environment.

The external and environmental resources may include one or more not listed here, i.e., recovery support networks, fellowship groups, outdoor adventure, and faith-based community. A Recovery coach helps people navigate those options and the person in recovery decides what are the best fits for themselves.

A Key Role for the Recovery Coach

The role of the recovery coach is to Advocate for systems and services for people in and seeking addiction and/or mental health recovery. A coach helps to expand these ideas and principles of thinking about addiction, mental health and recovery, over time.