About Recovery Coaching
Recovery Coaching is a form of support for those trying to overcome addiction. Unfortunately, that’s as consistent as the definition gets. While there are state certifications for coaches, they’re optional. Certification, supervised counseling hours, or program training aren’t required to call yourself a Recovery Coach in almost all states. You can also get a certification from any number of websites, which may or may not meet state standards. Almost anyone who says they’re clean can call themselves a Recovery Coach and tell you to follow their plan.
Recovery Coaching may be a reasonable alternative when traditional methods are not working for you, but knowing your coach is qualified is important. You shouldn’t compromise. There’s science behind addiction that can’t be ignored. Your Recovery Coach needs to understand it and be able to evaluate how it fits into your individual situation. That requires more experience than just being in recovery. We think Recovery Coaches should have training, experience in substance abuse counseling environments, and a demonstrated history of successfully working with people on different paths. That’s exactly what you get here.
Mulligan House was founded by Gordon Vivace, who is in recovery and has 14 years of experience in substance abuse environments. His previous experience includes a city health department with a heavy substance user population (two years), a public health clinic program focused on IV drug users (four years), and a three-facility residential rehabilitation center (four years). He now coaches here and is a SMART Recovery facilitator, leading groups in the DC area and WV for the past four years, and is an individual member of the NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals and the West Virginia Association of Alcoholism And Drug Abuse Counselors.
If you come here for a Retreat or Sober Living, you’ll work with Gordon directly. Typically you’ll then continue with him as your coach. If you’re referred to a different coach, you can rest assured we take their qualifications just as seriously.
Our process is empowering and based on individual needs. There is no one-size-fits-all plan here. We are firm believers in cognitive behavioral techniques, helping you acknowledge and adapt how you think for a firm behavioral foundation. This is the basis of most modern addiction counseling and the core of some of the world’s most successful recovery practices. For some people, traditional methods can mean forcing yourself through days of temptation until you can get to another session or meeting to recharge. We’d rather see you bring your tools for success along with you everywhere. Since every situation is different, priorities change from case to case and allow us to develop a unique path with you based on those principles.
We prefer you come for a retreat before starting coaching. This gives us a chance to really get to know you and provide a lot of foundation upfront. We understand that isn’t always convenient, but you should consider that the better and faster you and your coach get to know each other, the more likely better and faster results will be. That small time sacrifice is insurance for a better beginning. After your initial evaluation, you’ll usually choose between two schedule options. The first is two 45 minute sessions per week. The second is three 30 minute sessions per week. Those can be by phone or in person. We’ll help you decide once we know your situation.