“As a Recovery Coach, I provide a level of support and accountability the recovery community, families and private practice therapist simply cannot provide.” -Eric
My name is Eric Jones, Recovery Coach, QBHP and author. There are multiple pathways to living the full, rich, and meaningful life you want for yourself. Creating and working your own personal Wellness Recovery Action Plan is one of them. That’s why I created an aftercare program using the three core elements of programs that reduce recidivism, and outfitted it with a 16-Week WRAP Course. A (WRAP) Wellness Recovery Action Plan helps you stay focused, identifies what works/doesn’t work and serves as a map to living a healthy, vital life.
I developed, tested and launched the program for men, women and YARs (Youth with Adult Responsibilities) living in Arkansas who don’t have a plan for living their best life once released, or are mandated to complete an Aftercare Program. Is that you? Then let me assist you with creating your OWN personal Wellness Recovery Action Plan. A plan created by you and that works for you. As your personal Recovery Coach, I’ll help you every step of the way!
Incarceration in Arkansas disproportionately impacts Black people. Despite accounting for only 15 percent of the state’s adult population, Black Arkansans accounted for 42 percent of the prison population in 2017, and an estimated 1 in 45 Black men in Arkansas was imprisoned that year. The following year, one in five admissions to an Arkansas prison was for behavior that was not a criminal offense, but rather violation of the terms of their probation or parole supervision, which can include failure to pay fines or not reporting to a supervision officer.
While working as a Recovery Coach, I noticed that although black people account for the largest prison population here in Arkansas, there are no quality affordable aftercare programs dedicated to helping them stay out. Programs that help Black people create and work a personal Wellness Recovery Action Plan to not only successfully complete community supervision, -but doing it while living a full, rich and meaningful life.
“(WRAP) Wellness Recovery Action Plan, is now recognized by the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) as an evidence-based practice. That means that the WRAP model as designed by Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, described in the Facilitator Training Manual: Mental Health Recovery, Including WRAP, Curriculum and implemented by properly trained facilitators, has been rigorously studied by researchers who are well-known and respected for their mental health research.
Through the hard work of the researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago, we now have proof for what we have long known: WRAP is helping people to experience greater levels of wellness and to move forward with their recovery.” – Mary Ellen Copeland.
I love people period, regardless of race and I love helping them. But in doing so, I’ve discovered that I’m better at helping the black population. Perhaps it’s because I’m Black. I look like them, talk like them, live amongst them and most importantly -I’ve been right where they are. I understand that for most of them, it’s hard to let their guard down and to get past certain racial belief systems and the stigma of “the man” so that healing can begin. I know what it’s like to simply be illiterate of natural and community resources available to me. That’s why I developed this program.
The Black community needs Recovery Coaches like me to help them succeed in drug recovery, employment, and meeting parole requirements. They need quality programs like mine that are packed with Recovery & Wellness Capital that they can trust, afford, and easily access to begin creating a path to living a full, rich and meaningful life.
What is a Recovery Coach and can you help me?
Recovery coaching is a form of strength-based support for individuals with addictions, especially for individuals with a drug or alcohol dependence. The primary job of a recovery coach is to help their clients maintain sobriety by helping them identify triggers, create coping strategies, find resources, help them make decisions that support their sobriety, navigate their newfound life in sobriety, and provide accountability in helping them reach their goals. Recovery coaches may also assist with general life issues such as career, education, relationships, spirituality, sleep-hygiene, daily structure and routine, and various other life areas, as these are all intimately linked to the individual’s inherent ability to maintain sobriety and live a full, rich and meaningful life.
A Recovery Coach is not a Peer Support Specialist or therapist. This is not therapy. I didn’t design this program to treat you. I created it to help you increase your overall quality of life. Whatever that looks like to you. If that means including the peer community or therapy in your own personal WRAP, I’ll help you identify and connect with them. Working my own Wellness Recovery Action Plan for the last five years has enabled me to enjoy the full, rich, and meaningful life that I have today.
My guarantee to you is that if YOU DO THE WORK included in the program over the next 16 weeks, I’ll help you to customize and implement a plan for your life that’s just for you. You will see a difference in your life and so will your family. I know when you take action, you’ll get results.