Aspire's Recovery Coaches - Giving Hope and Support to Our Community

There is a new champion at Aspire in the fight against substance use disorders: the Recovery Coach. Part skills trainer, part care coordinator, part advocate, and all sobriety expert, the recovery coaches at Aspire are helping clients move and grow in their substance use disorder recovery.

Here are a few comments from clients about working with a recovery coach: “She has helped me to be open, to deal with trauma, get coping skills and has been a support.” Another, “The recovery coach has helped me with self-perseverance, relationship issues, communication skills, and to help me get entitlements and resources.” And, “If you don’t have one, get one.”

Coworkers also sing the praises of the Aspire recovery coaches. Addictions therapist Jody Bell, LMHC, LCAC, says this about recovery coaches: “I think they are a vital part of the recovery process. They assist clients in connecting to community resources including housing, medical care, or whatever is needed. Plus, they help clients develop the coping skills they need to survive and be successful.”

Referral sources have been pleased with the recovery coach services, too. Christopher Lanane, Coordinator of the Madison County Problem Solving Court, states, “Working with the recovery coach allows the clients we send to Aspire to practice the knowledge and better explore the areas of their lives that threaten their recovery. We at Drug Court are pleased with the results of recovery coaching, and are hopeful the role and service the recovery coach provides will be expanded.”

Recovery coaches have Bachelor degrees in a human service related field. On their jobs, they work closely with master level therapists and our psychiatrists. There are six recovery coaches at Aspire. They are currently in the Noblesville, Willowbrook Indianapolis, Elwood and Anderson offices.

Jessica Slaven, Aspire’s first Recovery Coach, says this, “I like that I can empower individuals by teaching them skills needed to manage their mental health and substance abuse symptoms so that they are able to live productive lives. I also appreciate being able to advocate for clients and teaching them to advocate for themselves. “

Recovery coach Judy Saucedo adds, “The most important thing I do in my job is offer each individual hope, and give them the necessary tools to be successful.

It is expected Aspire will continue to add more recovery coach positions to make their services a standard treatment for clients with substance use disorders. Currently, payer sources that will pay for Recovery Coach services include Medicaid Rehabilitation Option (MRO), HIP State plans, Recovery Works and Department of Child Services (DCS).