Reviews: Recovery Coaching —
A Guide to Coaching People in Recovery from Addictions

by Melissa Killeen, MSOD, MPhil



“I would highly recommend this book to would be recovery coaches and experienced coaches alike, as well as addiction treatment and mental health professionals who will learn how to make use of a recovery coach as part of the clinical team.”

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“Melissa Killeen does what hasn’t been done before: a thorough explanation of recovery coaching. This will be an indispensable resource for both the coach just starting out or the veteran. Well-researched, practical and very readable.”

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“Hi Melissa. Just ordered 30 of your books for our winter term AD 107 Recovery Mentor class. Thanks for writing this very helpful text.”

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“I purchased your book, “Recovery Coaching,” through Amazon. I have just started reading it and was thrilled to see Oxford House mentioned a couple of times so far. I am the Regional Manager for Oxford House, Inc. and am now living in Corpus Christi, TX with my wife and youngest son. I am in long-term recovery (7 years) and have been employed by OHI since 2007. I spent three years as an outreach worker, I opened houses in my home state of Oklahoma. In 2010, I was promoted to regional manager am now solely a supervisor for ten outreach workers, three in OK and five in TX. The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) recently expanded the contract with OHI and we are on pace to open well over thirty houses this fiscal year. It is my hope that Texas will one day have over 600 houses to help people new in recovery seeking safety, support, structure, and sobriety.”

The DSHS is also on a path to incorporate the SAMHSA ROSC ideas and currently there are twenty-eight ROSC coalitions scattered across TX from Amarillo to Galveston, El Paso to Tyler. The ROSC group in my area (Coastal Bend ROSC) is about to elect me as their chairperson and I am very interested in seeking support to open a Recovery Community Center. We are also working toward starting a Recovery Coaching network, where I am hopeful that I will be trained as a Recovery Coach trainer, working with residents of Oxford House to teach them how to become Recovery Coaches. This is why I purchased your book. I look forward to finishing the book and doing everything I can to help push the paradigm shift of recovery here in Texas toward the Recovery Management Model. Thank you for writing the book.

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Relapse rates are high. Studies indicate that eighty (80) percent of people relapse within the first year of discharge from addiction treatment. Nine (9) out of ten people relapse within the first 90 days. Peer support is critical to lasting recovery. Recovery coaching is one peer related resource that can be used to bridge the gap between discharge from treatment and long term abstinence from mood altering drugs.

In her book, “Recovery Coaching: A Guide to Coaching People in Recovery from Addictions”, Melissa Killeen provides information about the occupation of the recovery. She describes the profession and provides information about the work of the recovery coach. She shares information about the recovery coach process and offers information about evidence based models and techniques. She also provides entrepreneurial guidance for those who choose to earn a living in the field of recovery coaching.

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“Melissa is very generous with her time and knows the Recovery Coaching field very well. I LOVE her new book. It is full of great wisdom and experience. You can’t find this much help in one book anywhere. A must read for anyone in recovery coaching.”

If you are interested in purchasing Melissa Killeen’s new book, click below.

Recovery Coaching
A Guide to Coaching People in Recovery from Addictions


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Andrew Tatarsky, PhD.

Andrew Tatarsky is an internationally recognized leader in the treatment of substance misuse and other potentially risky behaviors. He has specialized in the field of substance use treatment for 30 years working as a counselor, psychologist, program director, trainer, advocate and author. He has devoted his career to developing a comprehensive understanding of the broad spectrum of substance use problems and an integrative harm reduction psychotherapy approach to treating this spectrum.

Omar Manejwala, M.D.

Omar Manejwala, M.D., is a psychiatrist with a background in addiction medicine, leadership and healthcare innovation. He enjoys translating the neurobiology of behavior into real and understandable terms, and has a deep industry knowledge and experience in the addiction treatment sector. Dr. Manejwala believes that innovations in treatment and service delivery can transform the way we help the over 20 million Americans who experience problems related to addiction.

Jonny Gieber

Jonny Gieber is Department Chair of the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Program at Portland Community College (Portland, Oregon). Portland Community College’s Alcohol and Drug Counselor program is the single largest addiction counselor education venue in the state. Counselors trained in their program make an invaluable contribution to the health of Oregonians. The program provides students with the skills necessary to begin work as a counselor in the public or private sector, working to help turn around lives devastated by addiction.

Jackson Longan

Jackson Longan is the Regional Manager for Oxford House, Inc. and lives in Corpus Christi, TX with his wife and youngest son. He is in long-term recovery (7 years) and has been employed by Oxford House, Inc. since 2007.

Dr. Glenda Clare

Dr. Glenda Clare is the Fragile Families NETWORK founder and has served as a health professional for more than 20 years with experience in public health and behavioral health. She has developed community programs and worked directly with members of populations impacted by chronic illness, compassion fatigue, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, incarceration, domestic violence, foster care and homelessness. She is a counselor and counselor educator. She specializes in play therapy and trauma focused, cognitive behavioral therapy as well as general counseling for individuals groups and family units.

Rosemary O’Connor

Rosemary O’Connor, founder of ROC Recovery Services has over fourteen years in recovery and understands the life challenges of staying sober and rebuilding a rewarding life. Rosemary runs three women’s sober living homes in the San Francisco area