What is a “Recovery Coach?”
Recovery Coaches exist to support individuals who are considering, or may already be in, recovery from alcohol or other drug problems. They will work with clients to set and reach meaningful, effective, and relevant goals. A recovery coach will ask clients to go beyond where they would have gone on their own, by providing the tools, encouragement, support, and structure to accomplish more.
Sean Mangold decided to become a Recovery Coach because he wanted to make sure that people who are suffering know that they have someone to talk to who has personal experience in addiction as well 18+ years in recovery.
In the fall of 2018, Sean, with support from Building a Safer Evansville (BASE), was trained as a Recovery Coach. Sean found out about BASE at their Annual Evansville Night Out event in August of 2018. He wanted to be a part of the organization’s mission and desire to protect youth from making potentially harmful decisions. Sean also felt that his life experience and training in addiction and mental health could be an asset to the coalition.
Now, Sean is an active coalition member and trained recovery coach. He is working hard to make sure the community knows of this resource so that it can take full advantage of his skills and experience. What better support system than someone who is also in recovery?
“If I had one bit of advice for someone in recovery it would be this,” states Sean, “Don’t think about what you are trying to quit, focus on what you want to change, where you want to be and make a plan for getting there. Recovery Coaches can help you do that.”
Sean is more than a BASE coalition member and trained recovery coach. He is also a loving husband and father and enjoys spending his down time watching cooking competitions with his kids.