Wonder Recovery: A Program of Self Discovery for People in Recovery from Addictions. 

Refresh your perspective on your recovery.

Revive parts of yourself that you’ve forgotten. 

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In the Wonder Recovery 8-week online group coaching program, you will: 


  • Take new perspectives on your addiction and recovery story. 

  • Write about your addiction and recovery story (“write” might mean writing a story, writing a poem, writing a song, creating a collage, making a video. It’s totally up to you.)

  • Gain insight into your inner world, and look at the identities you have been inhabiting.

  • Learn about the addict archetype, and how you relate to it. 

  • Learn mindfulness.

  • Learn emotional processing and how to create positive emotion.

  • Learn how to manage stress and create a system of self care.

  • Upgrade your definition of recovery and what is possible for you. 

  • Connect with other people in recovery. 


Program Logistics:

  • The next 8-week session of Wonder Recovery takes place on Tuesdays, from 5pm - 6:30pm EST, September 22 to November 10. Registration is now open! Click the Book Online tab at the top of the page!

  • It includes a live group coaching and discussion call on Zoom. 

  • Each week I’ll email you short writing and reflection exercises. 

  • You’ll be invited to join a private Facebook group to connect with your fellow participants to chat, ask questions, and to support one another. 

  • Registration will be capped at 7 participants. 

  • The cost to register is $50 CAD. The remainder of the fee is pay-what-you-can, and can be paid on the final day of the group, November 10. The total program is valued at $250. 

Wonder Recovery is for you if:

  • You want to explore creativity and storytelling as a means to understand your recovery.

  • You want to feel better about yourself.

  • You feel like your recovery is stale, dull, and stagnating.

  • You have been looking for new ways to support your recovery.

  • You are interested in a growth oriented program of development. 

  • You want to feel more vital and have more fun.


Wonder Recovery probably isn’t for you if:

  • you can’t attend a majority of the sessions live, then this program isn’t for you. This coaching program is designed to be interactive with the other participants and with me, your coach. Wonder Recovery is about connection to other people, which can only happen live!

"If we consider it difficult for a healthy society to exist without the foundation of healthy individuals, it becomes imperative to recognize the political value of individual transformation." —Claudio Naranjo

 

What is Wonder Recovery, anyway?

 

You can think of your recovery from addiction like a mindfulness practice.

 

Slowly, but surely, you can improve your relationship with yourself 🖤

 

MY POINT OF VIEW ON RECOVERY

Every person’s recovery from addiction is distinct; no two recoveries are alike. Every recovering person has a remarkable life story, and I believe that it is important to reflect on and make sense of your story.


Recovery from alcoholism and addictions is a lifelong journey. I believe that an approach to recovery and to life must include personal development. I believe you have to care for your recovery. Your recovery must evolve and change over time, because you evolve. If you don’t keep tending to your recovery, you’ll become stagnant and unfulfilled.


I care about helping people get better at relating to themselves, and I care about helping people get better at relating to others. 


I think it’s important to understand yourself and nurture your inner life; to get better at relating to other people; to create a strong system of self care that will support you where you currently are in recovery, and to take ongoing action.

 

SOME EXAMPLES OF THE WORK I HAVE DONE IN THE RECOVERY SPACE

For the last few years, I’ve been exploring how I can best serve people in recovery through my coaching practice. In 2018, I ran an in-person group coaching program called “Integral Recovery Toronto” for people in recovery from addiction to build new skills and capabilities in: their inner worlds, relationships, behaviours, mind/body connection, and meditation.


Here are a couple of testimonials from that program: 


“If you want to strive not just survive in your recovery this is the program for you. It offers you the tools and resources to take your recovery to the next level. Melissa offers a soothing, calm environment where participants meditate, explore our thinking and offer suggestions regarding our recovery. Melissa has the ability to provide one on one coaching within the group and is not just your every day cut and paste program. She is very in tune with your needs and is an amazing facilitator and great listener. Her ability to navigate participants to individually step out of old behavior and habits and  guide you to embrace the new. Truly an incredible program for individuals seeking a higher quality of life in their recovery.”

“Melissa provided a safe space for us to speak our minds and feel completely supported. The integral approach confirmed my beliefs that recovery must be viewed holistically; there is no “one stop shop” – to recover from addiction. The four different quadrants offer complimentary perspectives on what is needed to exist in this world and feel more at ease and most importantly - whole. I walked away from this program with more knowledge and tools in my toolbox that I have begun to utilise today. I don’t want to just be sober, I want to have a quality life, and this program has helped me get to a point where I feel confident that I can have that.”

I presented about Integral Recovery Toronto at the Inner Arts Collective's conference Shaping the Future of Healing

November 17-19, 2017 in Toronto. This conference was for practitioners of the healing arts, to improve our individual and collective impact in the communities we serve.

 

Melissa Armstrong
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

©2017 by Melissa Armstrong