Recovery coaching works



Dear Editor:

As a licensed substance use disorders counselor working with the correctional population in Waldo and Knox counties, I fully support recovery coaching. It is the best practice.

When our community members, family members and friends end up in jail due to substance-involved events, it creates an opportunity for a conversation.

That conversation can be the start of a recovery. We will not know unless we try. This is where recovery coaching can be hugely influential, supporting, encouraging and advocating at a critical time in these people’s lives. 

Treatment can be initiated while incarcerated and makes releases much smoother and sustainable. Recovery coaching can then continue post-release.  

The opposite of addiction is connection. Recovery coaches create connections. 

John F. Fitzgerald, LADC, CCS

Blue Hill

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