Indiana State Prison's Recovery Coaches help themselves, and others

Prison’s Recovery Coaches help themselves, others

The first class of Recovery Coaches recently graduated at the Indiana State Prison – Minimum Security facility. A peer recovery coach has experience in receiving services and / or support for a substance abuse condition. They serve as a guide to initiate, achieve and sustain long-term recovery from addiction, including 12-step programs and other pathways to recovery, according to Warden Ron Neal. The new coaches will be facilitating meetings and helping peers with the Recovery Wellness Guide to aid in locating resources to achieve their goal of a life free of substance abuse. Each serves as a positive role model within their housing dorm and sets the example for others to seek recovery as well, Neal said. “These men dedicated themselves to complete this training in the midst of the pandemic,” he said. “They have been working with their own recovery and have been successful inspiring others to also seek recovery.” Neal said the training and experience will “make them employable as Recovery Coaches upon re-entry to society; a much needed position in and outside of prison.” New coaches include Horacio Lopez, Edward McCaffery, Christopher Whirl, Edward Irons and Darnell Miller.

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