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Today we’re introducing you to Adam, a peer recovery coaching living in Santa Ana. Adam was nominated by Justin, our June Specialist Spotlight feature. Justin told us, “Adam came in broken, beaten, and worse off than most people I’ve seen over the years. In a short amount of time he has successfully turned his life around to become a peer leader, an individual free from addiction, and has immersed himself in helping others. Not nominating him would be a disservice!” We agree! Get to know Adam and the work he does below.

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 Tell us a little about yourself. 

I’m from Oklahoma City but now live in Santa Ana, California. I am 35 years old and a father to 3 beautiful amazing girls.  I have struggled with substance abuse from around the age of 12. I come from a family of substance abuse. 

How did you decide to become a peer recovery coach?

I was so tired of the life I was living. I was full of guilt and shame because of the man I had become and I wanted desperately for something better for my life. I moved to California and went to treatment and I worked a 12 step program as well. Not only did it change my life and save my life, but it also changed my heart and my mind. I was able to look at the world and see people differently. After treatment I began managing sober living homes. I saw all the men coming in broken just like me and I wanted to help them. 

What do you find most rewarding about being a recovery coach?

What I find most rewarding is watching people recover from a hopeless state of mind and body. I get to watch the anger and sadness slip away. I also get to watch mothers and fathers get their children back and see families reunited! 

Do you have a coaching philosophy that guides you as a recovery coach?

As far as my coaching philosophy, it has less to do with words and more to do with actions. I have to set an example with the way I live my life. I don’t like to tell people what they should do. I’d rather say, “Come with me and I’ll show you how to face life without the use of drugs and alcohol.”

What has being a peer recovery coach taught you about yourself?

Through being a coach I have learned how to be a better friend, father and man. I’m still learning and I hope I never stop learning.

Do you have any advice for new recovery coaches? 

My advice for new coaches is to listen a lot more than you speak. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I like to spend time with the people I love. I love to BBQ and spend time outdoors at the beach, mountains, or a hammock in the back yard.

thank you, adam, for all you do!