Recovery Coaches at Lakeview Health

Addiction treatment typically involves a combination of approaches. On one side, clinical staff helps patients work through the biological, psychological, and emotional issues that constitute the root causes of most substance use disorders. On the other side, peer fellowship supports people in treatment through the challenges of recovery and sobriety, often within the context of the 12-Step paradigm originally formulated by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in the 1930s.

Lakeview Health incorporates both approaches in helping patients move from addiction toward healing and sobriety. We’re oversimplifying for the sake of clarity, here, of course – our integrative model is based on abstinence and includes eight tenets that serve to heal your mind, body, and soul. Our recovery coaches work in the Team Skills space we identify in our model. We emphasize the kind of positive communication, cooperation, and interpersonal communication that will sustain you on your lifelong recovery journey.

What Does a Recovery Coach Do?

Recovery coaches are not therapists. They assist people in creating, navigating, and maintaining a sober lifestyle. Their role can be accurately described as helping a person in recovery with anything they may deal with in life. While everyone – in recovery or not – could benefit from having someone like that on their side, recovery coaches hone in on issues that may be straightforward for people without addiction problems but can be very difficult for people in recovery.

Our coaches help clients and alumni address some or all challenges in areas such as:

  • Processing emotions
  • Handling stress
  • Seeking employment
  • Seeking housing
  • Resolving legal situations
  • Making connections in the recovery community

When Does Recovery Coaching Happen?

Recovery coaching at Lakeview Health begins as soon as you transition from Medically Monitored Detox to Inpatient Rehab. Coaches work with you on a weekly basis to develop a collaborative relationship that supports your individual treatment plan. A recovery coach finds out what your goals are, then provides you with resources to help achieve your goals in the best way possible for you and your life.

Some of this work happens after discharge from treatment, and some of it happens while you’re here with us. After treatment, recovery coaches help with practical life issues that challenge your sobriety. Recovery Coaches are often the first people alumni call when they need help with anything from managing triggers to bouncing back after a relapse or near-miss. During treatment, they help you get the most out of your one-on-one therapy, group sessions, addiction education classes, and complementary activities. They help guide you along the way and connect the dots between different aspects of your treatment. It may be hard to see the forest for the trees while you’re here, and that’s one of the things a recovery coach can do: give you perspective and help it all make sense in a way that productive rather than overwhelming.

Certified Recovery Coaches at Lakeview Health

Our recovery coaches receive training and professional certification from the Coach Academy at the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR RCA). They have deep knowledge of the stages of recovery, excellent communication skills, and they’re committed to helping you get the most out of your time at Lakeview. They’ll be there for you after discharge to offer support when you need it most. They’ll answer the phone when you call, reach out to check on you, and if you like, offer tips and advice about how to implement your new coping strategies and healthy lifestyle choices as you navigate life after treatment.

Ashley Harms

Ashley Harms

Ashley earned her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida. Ashley has been in recovery since 2012, and takes special pride in helping others sustain long-term sobriety. Her experience helps her understand the tremendous amount of work that comes with changing your entire lifestyle.

Recovery Coach

Karen Zaccour

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

Ryan Teague

Ryan Teague, CRC is an Alumni Coordinator for Lakeview Health. His own personal journey through addiction allows for a unique and personal approach to helping people recover. For Ryan, being able to give back to the recovery community is very gratifying. He considers helping the newcomer find the path to long-term recovery a privilege and necessary for his own recovery. Born in St. Louis, he moved to the Jacksonville Beach area in 1986 and has been there ever since. When he is not at work or in an AA meeting he enjoys golfing and taking his boat out.