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Personalized coaching for individuals in recovery or loved ones of people in recovery

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Many people who are new to recovery assume that, because they've stopped drinking or using, their lives will immediately improve.  They assume that the drinking and drugging were the problem - that everything will be perfect now that they have stopped or made the decision to stop.  

While they may begin to feel physically better as their bodies recover from the alcohol and drugs, facing life's challenges without seeking respite from their favorite substance is a different story.  


The illusion that "life will be perfect now that I've stopped drinking/using" usually dissipates when the person in recovery faces her first obstacle.  

It may be as small as her room staying messy, with clothes all over the floor, or it may be losing a job because her attitude towards work has not improved. These challenges can seem overwhelming on a good day, but in early recovery, they appear insurmountable and may drive her back to her substance of choice.

Everything in early recovery is a "first": first Saturday night without drinking, first dinner out with friends sober, first vacation . . . the list goes on.  While these firsts are exciting, they can also feel daunting - like you're learning how to live all over again.  


If you need help, here it is!  

You do not have to face recovery alone, and a recovery coach can introduce you to the beauty of living sober, one day at a time.  

Recovery coaching examples:

Since 2019, I have mentored and coached women recovering from alcoholism.  Here are a few of the miraculous transformations I have witnessed in my clients:

  • A woman in her 20s who, when she decided to stop drinking, was working in an environment in which she was constantly surrounded by alcohol.  She knew that she needed to find a new job and likely a new career path, but she was paralyzed by her fear of change. Following multiple confidence coaching and career-coaching sessions, she is feeling more confident in her decisions overall and in selecting a career path better aligned with her values. 

  • A woman in her 30s who was contemplating separating from her husband of many years because she believed that they were not compatible. Two years later, they have strengthened their marriage and are excitedly expecting their first child.

  • A successful career woman who was on the brink of destroying her marriage and likely her relationship with her child.  Eighteen months later, she has repaired her strained relationship with her husband, restrengthened her family relationships, and is reenergized in her job.

What does a recovery coach do?


A recovery coach guides the person in recovery through the transition from living under the power of her substance of choice to living happily while free of that substance.

Because the early days and months of sobriety often present critical challenges to the recovering person's fledgling sobriety, a recovery coach helps the person navigate those challenges without drinking or using. 

I offer the following to my recovery clients: 

  • Bridging the Gap - Coaching for persons transitioning out of a rehabilitation program or facility and re-entering "normal life."  The time between leaving the safety of a residential rehab and moving back into a home where the person previously drank is critical.  Old temptations and associations may prey on the newly sober individual, and a recovery coach can assist the person with forming new habits and routines that not only complement but enhance her sobriety.

  • Ongoing One-on-one Coaching - Coaching tailored to the individual's needs.

  • Sober Companionship - Sober companionship at events where the person in recovery needs additional support (e.g., office holiday parties or weddings).

In addition to working individually with the person in recovery, I offer support and coaching for the family and loved ones of people in recovery.


If you'd like support in your recovery or are a family member needing assistance as your loved one recovers, please book a complimentary consultation to discuss how I can support you.

You are not alone.

There is hope.

Recovery is possible.


Lily Shanks, Dallas recovery coach, sober companion, Dallas recovery
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