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Recovery Coaching

Heartland provides recovery coaching to our students and families. Recovery coaching, oftentimes referred to as peer support, is the process of using one's lived, firsthand recovery experience to help others who are in and seeking recovery.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, peer support workers are people who have been successful in the recovery process who help others experiencing similar situations. Through shared understanding, respect and mutual empowerment, peer support workers help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse.

Peer support services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking a successful, sustained recovery process.


Heartland's recovery coach supports our students by meeting with them individually and via recovery groups during the school day. Together, they develop individualized recovery plans focused on building recovery capital.  Our recovery coach accompanies students to offsite recovery meets to assist them in getting plugged in to the local recovery community. Heartland organizes sober social activities for our students to show them you can have fun sober and uncover or rediscover passions and interests.

Family recovery coaching is a key component of the Heartland programming. Since addiction impact the entire family, we encourage all family members to be involved in their own program of recovery as well. Melissa Murphy, our family recovery coach, helps families plug into the family recovery support meetings in the community and share their experience, strength and hope. 

Heartland places great emphasis on the value of Family Recovery. Family members experience profound health concerns when substance use disorders are present. Our objectives for the Family Recovery Coach program are to enable families with the tools and resources needed to support their child in recovery, and their entire family. Melissa helps focus families on long-term recovery for their child and is rooted in a culture of hope, health, and wellness.

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