Resilient Recovery Coaching



Are you in recovery but you know there has to be more to life? I’m here to tell you that your relationship with yourself is your secret weapon to a better life. Staying on the recovery path is key, but adding this work will take you above and beyond, it will help you to tap into the joy and freedom that has been buried in you all along.

This coaching program is based on the tools I created for my own recovery from depression and alcoholism. – Cynthia Phelps, PhD

What is recovery? We are all recovering from something, and I use a pretty broad definition for both recovery and sobriety. You may be in recovery from one or more of the following:

  • Substance use disorders (including alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder)
  • Trauma (including intergenerational trauma, racial trauma, religious trauma)
  • Codependency
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Grief and loss (including divorce or job loss)
  • Burnout from caregiving or overworking
  • Any other life issue from which you hope to heal

Who is this program NOT for? This program is not for someone who is new to recovery (whatever that means to you), or who has not had a good stretch of recovery under their belt. This program does not teach the logistical basics that a rehab program would teach you, like how to arrange your life to be sober, you will want to get a basic recovery program in place for yourself before you begin the Resilient Recovery Program. This program is not right for someone who has a live-dependent immediate need to change their behavior.

Who IS this program for?  If you are in recovery but feel like you are just not that happy, or are not getting what you want out of life then this coaching program is right where you need to be.  If you are hard on yourself and want to get out of your own way to a better life, this coaching is for you. If you feel like you are still at risk for relapse even after some good recovery time, this package is perfect for you.  If you are ready to put in the work to change thoughts and behaviors to live a better, more joyful life, this program is for you.

What improvements will I see? The outcomes of the InnerAlly: Resilient Recovery Program are many and profound:

  • Lower Risk for Addiction
  • Lower Levels of Depression Less Stress & Anxiety
  • Better Relationships
  • Better ability to Change Behaviors
  • Resilience in the face of Challenges
  • Higher Levels of Wellbeing

What is this?
Dr. Phelps has developed this individualized coaching program to help you shift your inner language from being your own worst enemy to your best supporter (your own InnerAlly).  It works! The practices you will be learning are based on 18+ years of research in positive psychology, which is the study of people who are mentally and emotionally thriving. This data and knowledge is then used to help others thrive mentally and emotionally.

Why is it so expensive? In this coaching program you will have personalized, research-backed coaching to make sure that you take your recovery to the next level. This package includes:

  • Two hours of personal coaching each week that includes learning and application to your personal situation. (1.5 hours in the first session of the week, 30 minutes in follow up session)
  • New exercises each week to expand your recovery skillset and build resilience
  • A deck of InnerAlly cards to help guide your inner language shift
  • Twelve weeks of serious focus on making your life more awesome!

Resilient Recovery Coaching Topic Outline

Week 1 – The New Beginning – Purpose: To introduce the concept of self-compassion and how it relates to recovery. To introduce coping tools, practices to build recovery capital, and the introduction of the concept of the InnerAlly.

Week 2 – Mindfulness – Purpose: To introduce the concept of mindfulness, the first step towards self-compassion. To contrast mindfulness with autopilot and habit loops and their role in addiction.

Week 3 – Self- Kindness – Purpose: To explore ways of practicing self-kindness, so they can be used during times of suffering, helping participants to lower relapse risk.

Week 4 – Forgiveness of Self – Purpose: To explore the connection between shame and relapse risk, and provide self-compassion and self-forgiveness tools to reduce shame.

Week 5 – Meeting Cravings – Purpose: To help participants recognize the suffering of a craving and respond to it with self-compassionate tools.

Week 6 – Meeting Strong Emotions – Purpose: To be mindful of the suffering caused by strong emotions and to use tools to meet them with compassion, lowering risk for relapse.

Week 7 – Meeting Difficult Thoughts – Purpose: To explore how thoughts elicit emotions that can trigger habit loops that may leads to relapse. To use tools to create compassionate and supportive thoughts.

Week 8 – Relationships – Purpose: To explore how the presence of difficult relationships and absence of healthy relationships increases relapse risk. To provide tools for managing difficult relationships and nurturing healthy relationships.

Week 9 – Forgiveness of Others – Purpose: To help participants use self-compassion to recognize resentments and to use the process of internal forgiveness of the other person as a way of reducing relapse risk.

Week 10 – Lapse Management – Purpose: To reduce the shame surrounding a lapse, in order to reduce the risk for relapse.

Week 11 – Self-Care – Purpose: To identify self-care as a self- compassionate act, and to provide self-care planning tools to help participants increase recovery capital.

Week 12 – A New Way of Living – Purpose: To recognize that the tools and practices of self-compassion help participants create a supportive relationship with themselves that lowers relapse risk and improves their life in a fundamental way.


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