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Do you need a Coach to help you with an Addiction?

March 17, 2015 Addiction, Naturopathic Medicine, Recovery coaching, Vitamin Therapy by Aaron Van Gaver

Addiction can be a tough topic to discuss, and one that many people try to hide from their friends and family due to many different reasons.  Whether it is you that struggles with addiction, or maybe it is someone that you know…. The important thing to remember is that YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Addiction by definition is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in activity (gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities such as work, relationships or health.  Some users may, or may not be aware that their behaviour is out of control and causing problems to themselves or others.


Addiction is a biological state in which the body adapts to the presence of a drug so that the drug no longer has the same effect, which is known as tolerance.  Another form of addiction is the phenomenon of overreaction by the brain to the drug, and the “need” of dependence on the drug is cued by everyday things in a person’s life such as: getting in the car and craving a cigarette, or going into a pub and feeling the need for a drink.  These cues may also be triggered by the people around you, or people you associate with when doing the addictive activity.

If you or someone you know has an addiction or is in recovery following an addiction and is looking for a supportive Recovery/Addiction coach to help in making a positive change in your/their life, please visit


As a Recovery Coach, we are here to:

  • help to initiate and sustain an individual/family in their recovery from substance use or addiction.
  • promote recovery by removing barriers and obstacles to recovery.
  • serve as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking, or already in recovery.
  • help a client find resources for harm reduction, detox, treatment, family support and education, local or online support groups; or help a client create a change plan to recover on their own.
  • help individuals find ways to stop using (abstinence), or reduce harm associated with addictive behaviors.

    The coach asks questions and offers suggestions to help the “recoveree” begin to take the lead in addressing his/her recovery needs. Recovery Coaching focuses on honoring values and making principle-based decisions, creating a clear plan of action, and using current strengths to reach future goals. The coach serves as an accountability partner to help the person sustain his/her recovery. The Recovery Coach helps the person access recovery, as well as access systems needed to support recovery such as benefits, health care, etc.