Recovery Coaching & Resources

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Historically, treatment for Substance Use Disorders (SUD) has been acute in nature. The result is short treatment duration mandated by the arbitrary timelines of insurance reimbursement. More recently there has been a paradigm shift, and the behavioral health industry is coming around to acknowledging that SUDs are chronic in nature and, like many chronic disorders (diabetes, hypertension, etc.), often require dramatic lifestyle changes.

In keeping with this paradigm shift, Project Courage has expanded its services to include Recovery Support Services. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) includes Recovery Support Services in its definition of recovery:

A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.

Recovery is built on access to evidence-based clinical treatment and recovery support services for all populations. (

The SAMHSA recovery model identifies four domains as critical to develop for lasting substance abuse recovery:

  • Health—overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms—for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem—and, for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being
  • Home—having a stable and safe place to live. Creating an environment that is conducive to recovery, and healthy activities.
  • Purpose—conducting meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income, and recovery resources to participate in society
  • Community—having relationships and social networks that provide recovery support, friendship, love, and hope

To help our clients promote development in these four areas, Recovery Support Services at Project Courage offers up to one year of intensive case management. Clients in the Recovery Support Services program are assigned a Courage Wellness Team consisting of:

  • Recovery Coach—The Recovery Coach completes a recovery needs assessment and evaluation with the client and builds a recovery support plan to set and reach powerful, effective, meaningful goals. A recovery coach becomes the hub of the individual’s treatment providing support, tools, encouragement, and structure through face-to-face contact, phone and text support. Additionally, the recovery coach serves as a liaison to community based treatment support networks and ensures the client’s clinical care is coordinated with all providers.
  • Registered Nurse—The nurse becomes is central to coordinating the client’s medical care. In addition to conducting a health assessment he/she will also coordinate medical and ancillary medical services as dictated by the client’s individual care.
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  • Psychiatric Services—When we say, “recover on your terms,” we’re acknowledging that Recovery Support Services at Project Courage is truly a collaborative endeavor. We’re not telling our clients that they have thirty days to get better. We’re not telling our clients that they must follow a certain pathway to substance abuse recovery. We’re not telling our clients they can or cannot use medication to assist their recovery. Perhaps most importantly we’re not telling our clients they have to come to our office and meet within the parameters allowed by our schedule.

Our recovery coach and nurse will come to your home, to your coffee shop, to your community. We’ll use a variety of strategies to foster opportunities for recovery including urine screening, mobile application technology, transportation (limited to first month) and access to gym membership.

Finally, because recovery support services is a part of Project Courage’s licensed and accredited outpatient clinic, there will be a seamless integration of clinical services. So, those clients who currently are not good candidates for recovery support services and need stabilization first can begin their journey with us. Likewise, those clients who experience a significant enough regression can step into our more intensive clinical services for stabilization, while avoiding residential care.

Project Courage is a leading provider of Connecticut support services, if you’re interested in our recovery coaching, rehabilitation counseling or other recovery support services, please complete our online contact form here. Or please call our Admissions Department at 860.388.9656 to conduct a qualifying phone screen and insurance verification. Then, we’ll set up an appointment for an assessment.