Online alcohol addiction treatment and mental health counselling to cut back, take a break or stop completely.

We also help those consuming cannabis, cocaine, opiates and prescription medications.

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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 an alcohol detox facility twice, in-patient drug 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 and I love what I do! For the past 15 years I have worked in various capacities in the field of substance use, addiction and mental health. 

Don't let my brief bio scare you if that doesn't align with your experience or where you're currently at! I work with a range of clients from low-to-moderate consumers of alcohol and other substances to full blown dependancy and addiction and everything in between.

Meet Michael & Team

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Ways We Can Help

Our addiction treatment services include: drug and alcohol counsellor, psychological assessments, registered psychiatric nurse, online addiction treatment, virtual rehab, alcohol coach, pornography coach, gaming coach, case management, sobriety coaching, mental health support. We are experienced in helping clients learn how to stop drinking alcohol, stop smoking weed or consuming cocaine, opiates and prescription medication. Some of the best private addiction treatment available on Vancouver Island British Columbia — also accessible online to anyone in Canada or around the world. 

  • Recovery Coaching Counselling | Therapy

    Alcohol | Drugs | Gaming | Porn

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  • Invitational Interventionist

    Not Like On TV

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  • Family Coaching And Consulting

    CRAFT Model of Addiction

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Online Addiction Treatment

Home Based Recovery provides affordable intensive alcohol and drug virtual treatment services. Accessed from anywhere in the world.

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. 

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Michael Walsh is one of Canada's leading Substance Use & Addiction Experts.

  • Michael has worked in the field of mental health, substance use and addictions for 15 years in non-profit, public and private health services.
  • Michael co-created and is the Executive Director of Home Based Recovery Canada, Inc — an online addiction treatment program that combines Recovery Coaching and psycho-educational and skills building content created by a well-known multi-disciplinary team that include psychologists, recovery coaches, counsellors, therapists and addiction medicine physicians.
  • Michael is a founding member and director of Recovery Coaches Canada and a member of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation.
  • Michael has curated a strong and diverse team of some of the best Recovery Coaches, Therapists and Counsellors in Canada that are based in Duncan, Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax and also in California USA. 
  • Services are provided online, to clients across Canada, the USA, Europe and any country in the world. Some services available in-person depending on the city — just ask.

To learn more about how we’re impacting the lives of our clients and their loved ones, please visit our testimonials page by clicking the button below. If you are looking for alcohol treatment, outpatient treatment for alcoholism, online drug and alcohol counselling, alcohol rehab programs, support before or after alcohol detox, psychologist services, family therapy, family counselling or any type of mental health counselling in Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, across Vancouver Island and British Columbia or any city in Canada — we can help. 

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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. Whether working with an individual client one-on-one or as part of a clinical team — we'd love to support you. 

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

  • You are sober curious, want to cut down, take a break or quit drinking
  • You want to learn how to quit smoking weed 
  • You are working with an addictions counsellor and want to add a Recovery Coach
  • You want to get back on track after a slip or relapse and want to build an addiction recovery plan
  • You want to explore alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs 
  • You have stopped many times, but can’t seem to stay stopped 
  • You want to prioritize recovery, but life is busy and it’s hard to find time 
  • You want to explore the reasons why you drink or consume other substances in the first place
  • You recently completed an in-patient or out-patient program or just got out of detox
  • You don’t feel things are bad enough for alcohol inpatient rehab or intensive outpatient addiction treatment, but you want to change
  • You are not sure if you have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol in the first place
  • You are exploring online and virtual addiction treatment options

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.

Book a Free Consultation

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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.

My other service, run by me and my team of passionate recovery professionals, offers support specifically for family members who want help to conduct an alcohol, alcoholism or drug intervention in Victoria BC or Vancouver BC. Or if an Intervention feels like too much we offer Family Coaching & Consulting using the CRAFT Model of Addiction and Family Systems Therapy. 

Through, 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 alcoholism or substance use concerns.


A man in his early 20s hugging his family after a successful drug and alcohol invitational intervention hosted by Michael Walsh in BC, Canada

His influence on me goes beyond words—truly transformative. Rare are those who embody love and compassion in their work, free from the grasp of money or status.

J.B. — Victoria BC

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Powerful Addiction Resources

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  • Addiction recovery resource by Michael Walsh on the topic of “Why Residential Rehab Isn’t Right for Everyone and the Other Options You Have”

    Why Residential Rehab Isn’t Right for Everyone and the Other Options You Have

  • Addiction recovery resource by Michael Walsh on the topic of “The Secondhand Effects of Alcohol Use on Loved Ones and Society at Large”

    The Secondhand Effects of Alcohol Use on Loved Ones and Society at Large

  • Addiction recovery resource by Michael Walsh on the topic of “Why It’s Important That the Client’s Agenda ALWAYS Come First in Recovery Coaching”

    Why It’s Important That the Client’s Agenda ALWAYS Come First in Recovery Coaching

Sober Coaching FAQs

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  • What are the backgrounds of the Recovery Coaches within your practice?

    All of our Recovery Coaches have lived experience with substance use and have achieved successful recovery through a variety of approaches. Each of our Coaches have unique backgrounds, skills, abilities and specialities. Each are Certified Recovery Coaches after taking appropriate gold-standard training. Some are credentialed further as a Canadian Certified Recovery Coach through the CACCF. 

    When you choose to work with us, we will match you with the Recovery Coach best fits who you are, your situation and needs.

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  • What’s the difference between a Sober Coach and a therapist?

    • Therapists work with you on your past, and help with deeper dives into underlying mental health concerns.
    • Sober Coaches focus on your strengths and what can be done to support your recovery today – and into the future.
    • A Sober Coach helps you evaluate and address challenges in all areas of your life including health, work, relationships, and finances.
    • Recovery Coaches ask “what” and “how” questions to help you connect the dots and create goals and plans to produce the results you want to see.
    • A Sober Coach is not a replacement for a therapist, but a valuable member of your professional team.
    • The best Sober Coaches are willing and able to engage openly with therapists and other mental health professionals as-needed for a holistic approach to recovery.
  • 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.

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