Our Collective Journey - Recovery Coach

You are NOT Alone

The role of each Our Collective Journey - Recovery Coach (OCJ-RC) plays an important advocacy and support role in the Recovery Orientated System of Care system. An OCJ-RC is someone who has agreed to support others in their recovery pathway. Many of our recovery coaches have shared experience with the impacts of addiction. They have experienced the struggles, successes, and hope of the recovery process and want to walk alongside you in your journey. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

We are the recovery solution

OCJ is a non-profit organization funded solely through grants and donations.  If you need help, we're here for you.  If you want to help, your donations go directly towards supporting someone in their recovery journey.


What is Recovery Coaching?

Our Collective Journey - Recovery IS Possible
Recovery IS Possible!

OCJ-RC's or OCJ Recovery Coaches are trained individuals using evidence-based knowledge and skills to empower people with substance use or addiction issues.

Recovery Coaches build trusting, working relationships with people and create safe spaces for them to identify immediate obstacles that are inhibiting forward momentum in their recovery pathway. RCs then work from a Recovery Capital model to help the individuals uncover existing strengths, then foster the co-creation of positive visions, personal recovery goals and recovery plans for their future.

Recovery Coaches bridge gaps in the system, connecting people to the types of treatment and support they need, linking them with resources and recovery support networks in their communities.

It is very important to understand the role of the coach and how it differs from other roles. A Recovery Coach may have previous training in some of these areas, but when in the role of a recovery coach, they are NOT a:

  • Counsellor.
  • Sponsor.
  • Social worker.
  • Psychologist.
  • Lawyer.
  • Doctor.
  • Case worker
  • Financial adviser.
  • Best friend.

The above listed roles may be important pieces to someone’s recovery journey, but a recovery coach is complementary to these other supports.

OCJ-RCs understand how important it is that friends and family know what the person in recovery is going through so that they can help in the process. Addiction impacts the entire family and building recovery capital within the family assists in building a recovery community.

OCJ-RCs also understand that recovery is not a short-term process. It takes time. OCJ-RCs focus on helping to build the participant’s Recovery Capital in order to improve their quality of life in recovery.

How to Connect to an OCJ-RC

Connection is the easy part. If you are ready to make a change in your relationship with substances and want to start working towards your recovery, we are here to help. The key is that you must be willing and able to connect. Nobody can do the recovery work for you, that falls on your shoulders. The difference is that you do not have to do it alone once you are connected to an OCJ-RC.

Connection can be made however you are most comfortable, but it has to start with you contacting us.


Become An OCJ-RC

Are you actively in recovery yourself?

Have you found ways to navigate the impact of addiction in your life?

Are you passionate about supporting people to find their pathway into recovery?

If you can answer YES to questions like this, Recovery Coaching might be a fit for you. Please contact us today to start the conversation.

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OCJ Charity Scramble

The OCJ golf tournament has proven to beone of the most sought after fundraisers of the season. Each year thetournament has been full before being open to the public. Sponsorships havetaken up every golf cart seat the day can handle so if you are interested intaking part, please do not wait.

Rise Up Hot Air Balloon Festival

SE Alberta’s only Hot Air Balloon Festival brings hot air balloon pilots from across North America to fly their majestic balloons for the viewing pleasure of those in Medicine Hat and surrounding areas. The festival helps raise awareness around working collectively to enhance mental wellness while rising to great heights together.

OCJ Annual Gala

OCJ’s annual fundraising gala shares the weekend with the RiseUp Hot Air Balloon Festival each year, making it a one of a kind event. This themed Gala not only provides a unique atmosphere, but it also gives you unprecedented viewing access to the hot air balloon flight that evening.


OCJ was proud to host the 1stannual Southeastern Alberta Region Recovery Conference in Medicine Hat in 2022.This conference brings many recovery focused speakers, presenters, and panels to the region in order to continue building a recovery community.

The Coldest Night (Calgary, AB)

OCJ partnered with the Oxford House Foundation to help support individuals in Calgary this winter. “The Coldest Night” took place on December 9 at the Knox United Church in Calgary, AB where the focus was to help make a difference in the lives of some of our less fortunate.