- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1490968164
- ISBN-13: 978-1490968162
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
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Recovery Coaching: A Guide to Coaching People in Recovery from Addictions Paperback – September 1, 2013
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About the Author
Melissa Killeen is an established Recovery Coach with broad understanding of this new field in addiction treatment. Included in this first book on Recovery Coaching is the knowledge she has received from many years of recovery coaching, developing recovery support centers and training recovery coaches. Killeen is the past president of Recovery Coaches International, an international association of recovery coaches. Killeen received her Master’s Degree in Executive Coaching and a Master’s of Philosophy in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. She realized when studying executive coaching at this Ivy League university, the impact coaching would have for those that want recovery but can’t seem to achieve it.
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Finally, and sadly, if one carefully reads the reprinted documents in the appendix section, and reads the preceding chapters which the author claims credit for writing, an attentive reader is likely to discover that the author has actually committed plagiarism in a number of places. Please note that I'm not saying she did this with an intent to deceive. Perhaps she meant to put things in her own words later, or at least meant to reference passages better. But in any case, it's not okay to reprint a long passage of several sentences without quotation marks or block-quote formatting. And if a term repeated periodically throughout that passage is replaced with another word of the author's choosing, it is still plagiarism. And if all this is done by accident, or out ignorance of copyright laws, it is still plagiarism.
Nonetheless, as stated above, the book is packed with useful information. And from what I saw, when she plagiarizes, she generally copied good, useful information.
As a defense attorney, I would often tell clients that fixing their legal issue was the easy part. Fixing their actual problem, addiction, was the challenge. A challenge I was woefully unprepared to address.
"Go to meetings. Get a sponsor," I would tell my the client. Before reading this book, I thought AA was the only show in town.
What no one knew at the time was that I too was suffering, just like the majority of my clients-but the suit, the tie, and the degree on the wall provided the perfect disguise in hiding what started as my little secret.
The disease progressed.
"Get a sponsor and go to a meeting" wasn't working. I wanted to stop. I needed to stop. Desperately. I couldn't. The wife nagged. Clients started complaining. I rebelled by using more. Then I would numb the guilt with yet more intoxicants which soon became my daily routine. Within 26 months, my shame spiral and penchant not to feel had devoured everything: family, career, reputation, even my identity. I had a chemical soul and my downfall was epic. Suddenly everything, and almost everybody, were gone.
3 months in jail for a botched script forgery allowed my brain to heal and appreciate what I had done. 2 rehabs later and the Oxford House I live in today has quite literally saved my life.
And then I heard about Recovery Coaching and purchased Melissa's book. I was blown away at the variety of effective addiction treatment models she details in her book, well beyond the "Blue Book." Using both personal experience and references to clinical data, this book is a trailblazer in the field of current addiction treatment.
The high I chase today is helping others overcome their addictions. This book has given me the tools in doing so.
Conquering addiction is truly a battle and Melissa Killeen is a 5-Star General.
I only wish I found this book sooner.
I have searched high and low for resources, programs, certification, teaching, courses etc that would provide information and the how-to and there are very few that provide a methodology backed by solid research and real life experiences.
Thank you for writing THE must-have books for anyone interested in Recovery Coaching. Thank you for opening the door for people like me.
Founder of ROC Recovery Services for Women