To the 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