Your Recovery Coach

Treatment for addiction traditionally involves a combination of approaches. On the one side is the clinical staff, which helps patients work through the mental and emotional issues that constitute the root causes of addiction. On the other side are peer fellowships in which recovering addicts support and encourage one another, often through the use of the 12-Step philosophy. Lakeview Health incorporates both of these approaches in helping patients toward healing.

In recent years, a third approach—recovery coaching— has begun to emerge as a complementary approach to helping people maintain recovery. Although recovery coaches are neither clinical therapists nor part of mutual-aid groups, they are able to work within both these worlds to supplement those approaches.

What Does a Recovery Coach Do?

Recovery coaching at Lakeview begins as soon as the patient moves from detox to therapy. Coaches work with patients on a weekly basis during their treatment. They develop a relationship with them that will carry over into their recovery after they leave the center. A recovery coach’s job is to find out what the patient’s goals are and to provide them with resources to help them achieve their goals in the best way possible for them.

Recovery coaches are not therapists. Instead, they assist people in navigating life in sobriety. The scope of work of a Recovery Coach has been described as “anything a person may deal with in life.” Recovery Coaches are often the first people at Lakeview Health that alumni will call when they are looking for help with a problem. Coaches work with alumni to deal with issues directly related to recovery—such as stress and emotional problems—but also addresses a wider range of topics including employment, housing, probation, and connections within the recovery community.

Our Recovery Coaches are available to encourage, give hope, help with perspective, set goals, and provide resources to accomplish your goals. Keeping recovery first is key. Our Recovery Coaches don’t just help you deal with problems; they help you deal with their problems in a way that promotes recovery.

Certified Recovery Coaches at Lakeview Health

All of the Recovery Coaches you will work with at Lakeview Health have received certification from the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery Coach Academy (CCAR RCA.)

Ashley Harms

Ashley Harms

Ashley earned her Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida. As a person in long-term recovery since 2012, she takes special pride in helping others along that same path. Her experience helps her understand the tremendous amount of work that comes with changing your entire lifestyle.

Karen Zaccour

Karen Zaccour, Alumni Coordinator & Recovery Coach

Karen Zaccour is the women’s Alumni Recovery Support Services Coordinator. In her role she enjoys connecting individuals with others in recovery — helping people form healthy support networks. Karen helps guide and coach alumni with goal setting, resources, and whatever else they may need for recovery.

Danny Feick

Danny Feick, Treatment Outcomes Coordinator

Daniel is a certified recovery coach and works with the alumni team. Having been sober since 2007, he loves seeing the transformation that occurs from active addiction to active recovery. He feels that the recovery community has given so much to him and is incredibly blessed to be able to share his experience with others.