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Power of Recovery Coaching

Issue 28
Expanding Recovery Support
Embracing the Power of Recovery Coaching
by Denise Black

Recovery coaching, a free resource for those seeking recovery and their affected family members, is rapidly expanding across Maine. Little known in Maine six years ago, coaching has now spread statewide, has become professionalized, and is gaining traction in a variety of settings such as treatment, corrections, emergency departments, recovery centers and more. Affected family members are also eligible for this compassionate, supportive program.

Recovery coaches are able to provide support as an individual navigates through their recovery journey and honor all pathways to recovery. Having lived experience with substance use disorder, either personally or as an affected other, recovery coaches provide mentoring, resource navigation, and general recovery support to individuals and/or family members. Coaches also provide a bridge to resources, and offer support, hope, and optimism for daily living.

Healthy Acadia houses two large and highly integrated coaching systems. Maine Alliance for Recovery Coaching (Maine-ARC) and Maine Recovery Core. Maine-ARC provides training, supervision, and technical assistance. Each coordinator supports a full system of recovery coaching and the coaches in their region.

Maine Recovery Core (MRC) offers recovery coaching positions. MRC interns offer direct peer support at a variety of partner sites, with the aim to improve recovery success among individuals facing substance use disorders. Working closely together, both of these programs span Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo and Washington counties.

Committed to implementing a recovery coach system with high standards of support and ongoing education, Maine-ARC and MRC recovery coaches are required to be trained in the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) Recovery Coach Academy, and Ethical Consideration for Recovery Coaches course. In addition, they are also required to be registered recovery coaches through the Maine Recovery Coach Certification Board (MRCCB) and attend supervision developed specifically for recovery coaches.

Recovery from substances can be one of the most challenging, yet profoundly rewarding experiences in a person’s life. There are thousands of people in Maine that are in recovery from substances and living full, productive, and beautiful lives. A recovery coach is a person that can relate to your experiences because they have been there and done it. Being supported during your recovery can make the difference between struggling and thriving, and a recovery coach may be an asset to your recovery. Please consider this free resource as an option. Prevention works, treatment is effective and recovery is possible!

Learn more about recovery coaching, and request a free recovery coach here: https://healthyacadia.org/need-help

For more information please contact Maine-ARC Co-Director Denise Black denise@healthyacadia.org.

Healthy Acadia
Healthy Acadiahttps://healthyacadia.org/
Healthy Acadia is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works on a broad range of community health initiatives that help Hancock and Washington counties thrive. Since 2001, they have worked to identify priority health needs and to address root causes. They convene and facilitate numerous collaborative community efforts with shared leadership from many sectors to develop plans and take action to improve health and well-being and to rapidly respond to critical and emergent health needs in our communities. The scope of Healthy Acadia's work encompasses six areas: Strong Beginnings to support healthy development and resilience from birth to adulthood; Healthy Food for All to ensure that all people have access to nutritious, affordable food, and to make the healthy choice the easy choice; Active and Healthy Environments to ensure that our indoor and outdoor spaces are safe, healthy, and promote physical activity and wellness; Healthy Aging to ensure that all of us can age well — with strength, dignity, comfort, and grace; Substance Prevention and Recovery to support people of all ages to live lives free of substance misuse and substance use disorder, and to support individuals throughout their recovery journey; and Health Promotion and Management to improve community supports across a wide range of health needs, from cancer patient navigation and stress reduction to barrier removal for health challenges and chronic disease and pain self-management.

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