Second Slice of Cheese: Therapist/Coach/Advocate

Memo to Self: “In the times that I’m strong, I plan for the times I might be weak.”

Because of the way the brain fails in addiction, it is very nearly impossible to recover without help from others. One way of finding this support is to meet with a licensed therapist, or a certified peer-recovery coach, on a regular basis. This is not the same as a sponsor. This is a trained professional who can the person in recovery stay on track and link the person to the recovery resources in their local community. The regular and frequent meetings the person in recovery has with this therapist or coach are called Recovery Management Check-Ups.


Michael L. Dennis and Christy K. Scott

Four-year outcomes from the Early Re-Intervention (ERI) experiment using Recovery Management Check-ups (RMCs).

Drug and Alcohol Dependency (2012), 121(1-2):10-17.


Slice of Cheese 2 (Therapist/Coach/Advocate) - What we did at Le Mont:


We required our residents to engage in Recovery Management Check-ups by forming a relationship with a licensed therapist or certified peer-recovery coach and checking-in with them weekly. Prior to each Check-up, we reported how the resident was doing to the therapist or coach by sending them a single-page Recovery Management Report detailing their recovery activities and performance.



Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care Resource Guide

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (presentation)

Behavioral Health Teleconference Training Series (Feb 23, 2011)
Janet Zwick, Prairielands Addiction Technology Transfer Center