Cut back, take a break or quit drinking alcohol online with a Certified Recovery Coach.

Together we will work to explore and change your relationship with alcohol, marijuana, cocaine or other substances no matter where you are in the world.

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I've been there.
I know what it's like.
I can help.

When I say I’ve been there, I mean it. 

I've done the all-nighters, sometimes several days in a row. I was often the last one up. I've experienced blackouts, trauma, job losses, financial difficulties, brushes with the law, and I hurt many people. I hid, justified, and lied about my problematic drinking and cocaine use. I lived a double life with cover ups, irritability, anger, sadness, and depression.

I've been through a detox facility twice, drug and alcohol in-patient rehab twice. I’ve attended hundreds of support groups and many counselling and therapy sessions to get to where I am today.

I am a different person now.

Meet Michael & Team

Michael & His Team Today

Today, Michael Walsh is one of Canada's leading Recovery Coaches, Interventionists and Substance Use & Addiction Specialists.

  • Michael is a Canadian Certified Recovery Coach (CCRC) through the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF).
  • Michael (and his team) help women and men change their relationship to drugs or alcohol with customized services, counselling, and clinical therapy, which you can browse below.
  • In his role as Recovery Coach, Michael typically works 1-on-1 with his clients to help them stop drinking alcohol. He also works with families, private enterprise, treatment centres, and many other entities.
  • Before launching his own company, Michael previously held many positions within the addictions recovery field in non-profit, public health, and private sectors.
  • Michael has curated a strong and diverse team of Recovery Coaches, and as of July 2, 2022 are based in Duncan, Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. 
  • Services are all provided virtually, to clients across Canada and around the world, with some in-person sessions depending on the city.

To learn more about how we’re impacting the lives of our clients and their loved ones, please visit our testimonials page.

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Ways We Can Help

Explore our selection of drug and alcohol recovery services, counselling, and clinical therapy below. If you’re someone who is being affected by a loved one's drug or alcohol use, our other site interventions.ca has further resources focused towards friends and family members or if looking for an alcohol interventionist. We can working with anyone in Canada and the USA and any country in the world. 

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    Personalized Approach

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    24/7 Accountability & Support

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

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Connect When You’re Ready

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed when you’re struggling with substance use concerns. We’ll help make sense of what’s going on and walk you through your options. You’ll get confidential and judgement-free answers to your questions — with no pressure to make any decisions. Let's have a conversation. 

Is Recovery Coaching Right For You?

As Recovery Coaches, we support you in achieving your goals, whether that involves cutting back, maintaining abstinence, or seeking formal treatment.

Our relationship is built on open and honest exploration, and is beneficial to people at all stages:

  • You are sober curious
  • You want to cut down your drinking or take a break
  • You want to get back on track after a relapse or slip
  • You want to explore alternatives to AA and 12-step programs 
  • You’ve stopped many times, but can’t seem to stay stopped 
  • You want to prioritise recovery, but life is busy and it’s hard to find time 
  • You want to explore the reasons why you drink / use in the first place
  • You’ve recently completed a formal treatment program and want it to stick
  • You don’t feel things are bad enough for formal treatment, but you want to change
  • You’re not sure if you have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol in the first place

You’re in the right spot, and we’d love to help.

Together, we'll help you explore your relationship to alcohol and work toward cutting back, taking a break, or quitting alcohol altogether.

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Looking to Help a Loved One?

The addiction of a loved one brings up many difficult questions and scenarios that may leave you feeling like you’re stuck on a never-ending emotional rollercoaster.

Our partner business, run by Michael Walsh and his team of passionate recovery professionals, offers support specifically for family members.

Through Interventions.ca, we provide invitational drug and alcohol interventions and family counseling sessions. These services are geared specifically at those with a loved one who is struggling with alcohol or substance use.

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C.H.

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Powerful Addiction Resources

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  • I Quit Drinking Alcohol – But When Does Not Drinking Get Easier?

  • How to Plan an Invitational Drug or Alcohol Intervention

  • “I have potential, and I’m proud!” – A Powerful Client Story

Sober Coaching FAQs

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  • I am not ready to quit drinking alcohol yet. Will you still work with me?

    Absolutely! The work we do together is not our agenda as Recovery Coaches. We meet you where you are at, identify goals for change and create a baseline roadmap to achieve those goals at your pace. 

  • When is the best time to utilize a Sober Coach?

    • Are you ready now? Most people know inside if it’s the right time.
    • Ask yourself, if you’re regularly saying yes to alcohol or drugs, what are you saying no to?
    • The beauty about Sober Coaching is it serves your needs, no matter where you’re at in your life or recovery process. 
      • Maybe you’re just starting to become concerned with your level of consumption and want to begin cutting back.
      • Perhaps you’ve successfully stopped drinking several times, but struggle to remain alcohol-free.
      • Even if you have a significant amount of recovery and sobriety under your belt, Recovery Coaching helps you stay engaged in your process of change.
    • Sober Coaching serves as an excellent place to triage your needs. When you aren’t sure what level of treatment you need, your Recovery Coach will help you put together a plan that includes additional mental health support.
    • Your Recovery Coach can also help decide if you are a good candidate for more formal recovery programs, such as detox facilities, inpatient treatment centres, and intensive outpatient programs.
    • You may first be connected with a Recovery Coach while at an in-patient treatment centre. In this scenario, your Coach will help develop an aftercare plan during your transition to home life, or into a sober living residence.
    • No matter where you’re currently at, there are many ways a Sober Coach can fit into your plan.
  • How are Sober Coaches different from a sponsor or mentor?

    • Sponsors are volunteers with lived addiction recovery experience who assist others within a 12 Step Recovery program.
    • Sober Coaches are well-trained professionals who specialize in helping you improve your relationship to drugs or alcohol, no matter which program or pathway of recovery you choose to explore. 
    • Sponsors use 12-Step philosophy, and tell the sponsee what to do in order to stay sober.
    • Sober Coaches are experts in many pathways of recovery. A Sober Coach helps you figure out which pathways and support systems will work best for you.
    • In this way, Sober Coaches honour your evolving preferences and needs throughout the recovery process.