Zach's Path to Coaching

Growing up in New Hampshire I’ve always been drawn to the outdoors. Skiing, hiking, biking was how I spent my time. I was always doing something outdoors. As I got older I started to think about heading out west where everything was bigger. The mountains, the lakes, everything. I packed up everything I had two years after graduating high school and started on a road trip to California for my outdoor adventure. I lived in Sacramento for a while but in a twist of irony I hardly spent any time outside while I was there. I was working all the time and started to think about being home back East, so I did just that. After moving back from California, I noticed how the area changed while I had been away. Drugs, most predominantly heroin, seemed to be everywhere. I myself suffered under the yoke of addiction towards the end of high school and the years and going to California had been my first sober. Coming back to see what had become of my town and my friends was upsetting.

It wasn’t long after returning home that I received the devastating news that one of my closest friends had suffered a fatal overdose; I had no idea he was even using. This loss had hit closer to home than ever before.

From that point on I decided the only thing I wanted to do for the rest of my life was work in the recovery community. I became involved in Plymouth Area Recovery Connection by joining their board but I always felt like I wanted to do more, something that felt hands-on. The opportunity came for me to train as a recovery coach through the Recovery Coach Academy. The training was fantastic and upon completion I finally felt like I was on track to starting a career as someone in recovery healing others in recovery.

Pathways to Recovery

This is my first blog post ever; my boss asked me to write one :), so here I go.

I chose the topic of “pathways to recovery”, because today there are so many, but they all boil down to changing the person I once was. I will always have a SUD (substance use disorder) but today I have the tools to keep it in check and live a Great Life!

When I first started going to meetings back in December of 1986, I went to CA, AA, NA, and 12 step meetings. NA and CA seemed to be where I felt I fit in, however I had an AA sponsor who had me go to AA and step meetings; I grew up practicing and living the 12 steps. I didn’t know it but I was slowly, making changes in my life, attitudes and spirituality. I was no longer the victim of circumstances unless I chose to be; I had choices and with my Higher Power’s help I could conquer anything.

When I go to a meeting I’m hoping to bring a ray of light to my fellowship friends (new, old, or still doing research) or perhaps I need a ray of light that day. I must never forget where I came from; I’m reminded that I’m not alone and not the only one who thinks this way. The folks in the fellowships understand how I feel. My Higher Power keeps in my heart that I cannot keep what I have if I don’t give it away.

Today there are many choices for us all to use to find a journey that is right for us. I’m familiar with some paths but not all! However, through my recovery journey I have found many things that have helped me to become a changed person and not crave the drugs that destroyed me.

Here is a list of the ones I know:

Alcoholics Anonymous –

AL anon –  For family and friends

All Anonymous –

Celebrate Recovery –

Cocaine Anonymous –

Codependents Anonymous –

Crystal Meth Anonymous –

Harm Reduction –

Heroin Anonymous –

Narcotics Anonymous –

Nar-anon –  For family and friends

Recovery Dharma –

Smart Recovery –

Smart Recovery/family –  For family and friends

The Three Principles –

Yes, I have had reoccurrences throughout this journey, but I’m happy to report I have been away from my drugs of choice longer than I used them.

If you know would like to learn any of the pathways, want to talk about recovery, reoccurrences and where to begin. Feel free to email me:


*The views and opinions expressed on this blog page are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Plymouth Area Recovery Connection (PARC).