What is Recovery Coaching?

Recovery coaching is an outreach program that operates in communities as a form of prevention designed to engage individuals in recovery before high end crisis services are required. This one on one, strength-based support involves non-judgmental active listening, wellness and recovery planning, building recovery skills and resourcing community services with an emphasis on the 8 Dimensions of Wellness.

How does Recovery Coaching help people?

Recovery offers one-on-one emotional and social support for anyone over the age of 18 who would like to use it. That includes activities such as:

  • Non-judgmental active listening
  • Wellness & Recovery Planning
  • Building Recovery Skills
  • Resourcing community services
  • Advocacy
  • Strength Based Support
  • Person Centered
  • Emphasis on the 8 Dimensions of Wellness

How much of an impact does Recovery Coaching have?

This program has produced a 5 to 1 cost savings for crisis services in Gallatin Valley with 82% of clients reporting the service as “Very Beneficial”. You can learn more about our impact from our July 2016-2017 fact sheet. You can also view the white paper outlining the results of the pilot project in Gallatin County (2014).

Where is the Recovery Coach program being implemented?

The Recovery Coach Outreach Program is currently being implemented in Silver Bow County and eastern Montana starting January 2018.

Gallatin County, Montana program is on hiatus waiting for a contract renewal. This program does offer a weekly peer support group. Recovery is Possible Group Flyer


How do I get in touch with a recovery coach?

Referrals can be made directly to our Recovery Coaches by anyone in the community simply call Teresa (406-451-3087)


How do I get a Recovery Coach program in my community?

We can bring this model to any community either as a consultant or the full program. Communities such as Butte and eastern Montana have done this. Contact the MPN office to learn more. 406- 551-1058.

Where can I find out more about the Recovery Coach program?

We have been featured in webinars, national articles, statewide TV and more. If you would like for us to host a webinar or give an information session about the program– please contact Jim Hajny, Executive Director, at 406-551-1058 or jim@mtpeernetwork.org

National article on project Nat Con Mag 2016
Montana-wide “Face the State” TV segment, Sept. 2017
Program Testimonial Letter

2 National webinars on “Peers in recovery support roles”
Presented at the North Dakota Recovery Conference 2014
Presented Alternatives Conference 2015, Memphis, TN
Presented at Peerapocolypse 2015 Seaside, Oregon
Mental Health Policy Summit January 2016, Helena, MT
Butte/SilverBow Local Advisory Council April 2017


“This program is a missing link that is vital to our community (and many others) because it is Peers in recovery reaching out to other Peers who are struggling and need a ‘friend’ and a ‘coach’ to be with them to help guide them and give them hope along the way. They are able to make a difference in a way that a therapist or social worker isn’t able to, because they have a lived experience and can say, ‘I was where you are! There is hope!’”

-Testimonial from the mother of a Recovery Coach Client