Lighthouse Recovery Community Center

Recovery Coaching

A Recovery Coach is “a person who helps remove personal and environmental obstacles to recovery, links the newly recovering individual (referred to as the Recoveree) to the Recovery Community and serves as a personal guide and mentor in the management of personal and family recovery.

A Recovery Coach is someone interested in promoting recovery by assisting recoverees to identify and overcome barriers, develop internal and external supports, and serve as a guide for those seeking or sustaining recovery.

A recovery coach helps an individual in navigating their own recovery, or that of a loved one, and assists in developing a plan and making positive change in their life to sustain long-term recovery.

Recovery coaching is a strengths-based, person-centered, and systems-informed service delivered in a peer-support model.

Coaches do not treat addiction, offer formal assessment or diagnosis; however, they will support, foster, and connect a recoveree’s path into treatment, should that be part of a recoveree’s goals


A Recovery Coach IS:

  • Role Model and Mentor- Offers their own personal life and their experiences as an example
  • Motivator and Cheerleader- Encourages, celebrates and believes in the recoveree’s capacity for positive change
  • Truth-Teller- Provides honest and helpful information, helps identify patterns of behavior and choices
  • Resource Broker- Helps identify barriers to positive life change; acts as a link to needed community services, treatment, and other supports; understands how to navigate the system and acts as a guide; partners with community resources to build relationships
  • Ally and Confidant – Loyal, caring, actively listens, is stable, consistent and reliable
  • Problem-Solver- Identifies potential problem areas, helps the recoveree discover options, non-judgmental
  • Community Organizer- Helps establish a support network for the recoveree, connects individuals to resources and services
  • Companion- An equal and a peer
  • Lifestyle Consultant – Offers feedback on recovery lifestyle, focuses on wellness, discusses healthy options

A Recovery Coach is NOT:

  • A sponsor- a recovery coach has no affiliation with the fellowship and is not bound by fellowship traditions
  • A professional counselor or therapist –a recovery coach does not provide diagnosis or clinical assessment; a coach does not focus on treating past trauma or addressing emotional disorders
  • A nurse or medical professional- a coach does not offer medical advice or offer treatment services

A Clergy person- a recovery coach is not grounded in religious or spiritual recovery principles, but supports all pathways to recovery

Why Is Recovery Coaching So Effective?

SAMSHA’s Perspective

“Peer support services are delivered by individuals who have common life experiences with the people they are serving. People with mental health and/or substance use disorders have a unique capacity to help others in a shared affiliation and deep understanding of this experience. In self-help and mutual support, people offer this support, strength, and hope to their peers, which allows personal growth, wellness promotion, and recovery. Research has shown that peer support facilitates recovery and reduces health care costs. Peers also provide assistance that promotes a sense of belonging within the community. The ability to contribute to and enjoy one’s community is key to recovery and well-being. Another critical component that peers provide is the development of self-efficacy through role modeling and assisting peers with ongoing recovery through mastery of experiences and finding meaning, purpose, and social connections in their lives.”

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration