The Recovery Effect Coaching

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What Is Recovery Coaching?

Recovery Coaching is exactly what it sounds like, training to become better at recovery. Not sponsorship, not therapy, not counseling. It’s coaching, plain and simple. By bringing a coach into your life, you’re committing to train harder–spiritually, physically, morally–to put the sweat and hard work into strengthening your sobriety, bettering your life, and improving the lives of those around you.

What Do I Do?

I run The Recovery Effect, where each week I create and share content to support those in recovery. Before this venture, I spent over thirty years operating an inpatient alcohol and drug treatment center. Now I’ve taken my passion and skillset online, where I coach alcoholics and addicts in their path to recovery.

Coaching is made up of weekly tasks, exercises, challenges, studies, and 1-on-1 discussions. From support, to swift kicks in the rear, there’s much more to successful recovery than simply not drinking or drugging. I’m here to help you find out just how much your life can be improved.

Who Do You Work With?

I work with any person who is starved for the comfort of recovery. You may be an active member of The Program, have been sober for many years, are facing a temporary problem, or just beginning to confront your addiction, but Recovery Coaching can be utilized by all. Newcomer or not, each of us must work to continually improve and maintain our sobriety. Recovery Coaching is one of the most direct tools that can used to accomplish this.

Who Is Recovery Coaching For?

Recovery Coaching is for anyone who needs more support in their recovery. Sometimes life brings us hardship that we have never dealt with before. Some of us have deep unresolved personal problems that we have been to scared to confront. Some of us simply fail to utilize the resources around us–our meetings, our community, our fellowship. From laziness, lack of motivation, hardship, and many other reasons, recovery by itself is not working for us. For these people, more support is necessary–and Recovery Coaching is designed to give you exactly that.

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  • Only Step One, where we made the 100 percent admission we were powerless over alcohol, can be practiced with absolute perfection. The remaining eleven Steps state perfect ideals. They are goals toward which we look, and measuring sticks by which we estimate our progress. 
The Recovery Effect Podcast – Episode 1: Powerless
  • Why all this insistence that every AA must hit bottom first? The answer is that few people will sincerely try to practice the AA program unless they have hit bottom.  For practicing AA’s remaining eleven steps means the adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking. Who wants to confess his faults to another and make restitution for harm done? Who cares anything about a Higher Power, let along meditation and prayer? Who wants to sacrifice time and energy in trying to carry A.A.’s message not the next sufferer? No, the average alcoholic, self-centered in the extreme, doesn’t care for this prospect — unless he has to do these things in order to stay alive himself. 
The Recovery Effect Podcast – Episode 23: 
Our Greatest Enemy, Part 1
The only requirement for AA membership is an honest desire to stop drinking. (Forward to First Edition AA BB)

The Recovery Effect Podcast – Episode 20: 
God’s Requirements
  • As we have seen, self-searching is the means by which we bring new vision, action, and grace to bear upon the dark and negative side of our natures.  It is a step in the development of that kind of humility that makes it possible for us to receive God’s help.  Yet it is only a step. We will want to go further. We will want the good that is in us all, even the worst of us, to flower and grow.

The Recovery Effect Podcast – Episode 3: 
The Highest Thing a Human Being Will Ever Know
  • The need for ego reduction. It is common knowledge that a return of the full-fledged ego can happen at any time. Years of sobriety are no insurance against its resurgence. No AA's, regardless of their veteran status, can ever relax their guard against a reviving ego. The function of surrender in AA is now clear. It produces that stopping by causing the individual to say, "I quit. I give up on my headstrong ways. I've learned my lesson." Very often for the first time in that individual's adult career, he has encountered the necessary discipline that halts him in his headlong pace. Actually, he is lucky to have within him the capacity to surrender. It is that which differentiates him from the wild animals. And this happens because we can surrender and truly feel, "Thy will, not mine, be done. "Unfortunately, that ego will return unless the individual learns to accept a disciplined way of life, which means the tendency toward ego comeback is permanently checked.  This is not news to AA members. They have learned that a single surrender is not enough. Under the wise leadership of the AA "founding fathers" the need for continued endeavor to maintain that miracle has been steadily stressed. The Twelve Steps urge repeated inventories, not just one, and the Twelfth Step is in itself a routine reminder that one must work at preserving sobriety. Moreover, it is referred to as Twelfth Step work—which is exactly what it is. By that time, the miracle is for the other person. -Dr. Harry M. Tiebout, M.D.

The Recovery Effect Podcast – Episode 23: 
Our Greatest Enemy, Part 1

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