A Recovery Coach is an upward trending role in a variety of fields. There are coaches available to help you with your:

  • weight loss goals
  • build or grow your business
  • guide you to better health and fitness
  • the most pretentious of all…a LIFE coach

For addicts in recovery, though, a professional, legitimate and sincere Recovery Coach can be literally a life and death difference. This is someone who guides and supports, sharing their experience of successful recovery from addiction, thereby offering a roadmap for those willing to do what it takes for lasting sobriety. More often than not, they help overcome or circumvent relapse.

But the most importantly aspect they help with, is inspiring an individual to rediscover within themselves who they truly want to become and what steps they need to take to move in that direction.

In other words, a recovery coach is a partner that can help you chart the course for a fulfilling life, not just with the label “in recovery” but in life, period.  Did you know that anywhere between 60%-80% of people relapse within the first year of attempting sobriety? And most of those relapses more than once. Scary, right? Those can be daunting odds if we get caught up in them.

Recovery Life Coach

The goal of a recovery coach is to be actively involved in the life of a recovering addict in order to establish brand new thinking patterns and habits. (Let us not forget, addiction is ‘the deepest form of habit” both mentally and physically.) As a result, the risk of relapse can greatly diminish. The recovery coach acts, for all intents and purposes, as a combination counselor, sponsor, friend, mentor and coach.

Oh yeah, and most importantly…an effective recovery coach above all else holds you accountable, “calling you out” on your bullshit. For those in the first year of recovery, the bullshit comes early and often and oftener…as any of us who have been there can attest to. But the good news is, these are the times our coaches led us to major revelations about ourselves and the nature of our addiction. They helped transform our “stinkin’ thinkin” into “doing the next right thing” which is the magic recipe for growing in sobriety.

Peer Recovery Coach

Peer recovery coaches work with others based on their own “lived experience” through addiction and recovery and do not necessarily focus on evidence-based coaching strategies. In other words, it’s more along the lines of camaraderie and “one drunk or addict to another”. For example, a peer recovery coach may escort clients to treatment appointments, 12-step/recovery community meetings, take calls during crises, or as important as anything, just sharing a cup of coffee over meaningful conversation.

This typically works well if the client’s view of recovery is the same as the coach’s. However, if it is not, then it’s time for both to open and honest with the other about their expectations and if necessary, part ways. Let us not forget, though, that the “coachee” is the last one that should be directing their own recovery, as most have no clue about what is best for them in early recovery. These ‘coachees’ who think they know best, safe to say, are responsible for the 60%-80% relapse rate.

Recovery Coach Role

  • Be there, day or night
  • Keep you accountable
  • Find resources
  • Help you set and achieve goals
  • Communicate with family


Here at IgotSober we use a Peer Support Recovery System.

Peer Recovery Support Specialists are licensed, certified peer leaders who provide support to their fellow peers (those struggling and seeking help to establish/maintain their recovery). In the interaction, both the peer specialist and peers receive mutual support which results in gaining strength for both. The peer leader may have different titles, such as recovery guide, coach or mentor, peer resource specialist, or peer services interventionist.

The role of the peer recovery support specialist, however, is very clearly distinguished from that of a 12-step sponsor, treatment counselor or other professional. This is because the intent of the peer recovery support services is to enhance the recovery process by not duplicating other services in the community. For any questions or support please contact us.