General FAQ

Are services really free at A Way Forward?
All services are free. We only ask that you come sober with a sincere desire to get better. Many people want a recovery program, but can’t afford it. Rates of addiction and alcoholism have been sharply increasing. We want to make recovery accessible to all. We survive on donations and grants. Therefore, we welcome all donations.
Why do you offer free services?

We want to remove barriers to recovery. Figuring out how to pay for help to get sober can be daunting. Even if a person does have insurance they have to search for a facility that will accept the insurance. Then figure out how to pay the co-pay.

It is our sincere desire to give back to the community and offer a safe space for recovery.

What if you can’t help me?

One of the ways we help is to assist you to find other resources available in the community. We refer you to other resources and will happily sit down with you and help you make a plan.

Do you only work with alcoholics and addicts?

No, we welcome anyone. There are many mental and emotional health issues such as depression or anxiety which may occur independently of addiction. These health issues will also impact a person’s recovery and sobriety.  We offer family support for those who have loved ones struggling with addiction or substance use disorder. 

Do you have any recovery groups without “the God thing”?
Yes, we have LifeRing, Recovery Dharma, and Red Road Wellbriety group.
(Of course, we also host some AA meetings.)
Do you only offer recovery groups?

We take a broader approach to recovery from substances and related conditions. We offer many groups that look at other mental health issues including PTSD, anxiety, grief and depression. These conditions can all lead to substance use. They can also block a person in recovery from achieving sobriety. 

Everyone is welcome to attend these groups. People do not have to have an issue with substance use.

Do you offer free meals?

No, we do not offer free meals. We will sometimes have special events and barbeque or have a pizza night, for example. These would be announced at meetings and in social media.

We can help you find other places that offer free meals. We can also direct you to one of the many food banks in town.

Do you have any wellness programs?

Yes, we do. Art, meditation, crocheting, coloring, and Yoga classes have been very popular. We are always adding to these and developing new activities.

Can I volunteer?

Yes! We appreciate and welcome all our volunteers. Come in and talk with us about opportunities.

Recovery Coach FAQ

Recovery Coaching helps clients stay in recovery.
A recent study of the efficacy of professional Recovery Coaching found chances of long term recovery doubled with use of a coach. Of those that did relapse (26%), 90% of them returned to recovery. While that study was commissioned by a prominent treatment center, it was small and statistically insignificant. However, other studies, including one by Hazelden, continue to validate and strongly support the value of recovery coaches at all stages of recovery (precontemplation to maintenance or pre/during/post treatment.) So much so, that most treatment centers are recommending a professional Recovery Coach as a critical component of after care and relapse prevention.
What is a Recovery Coach?
This is best answered with covering what a Recovery coach isn’t. A recovery coach is not: Therapist, clinician or sponsor. A recovery coach is a highly trained partner that works for you to help you meet/exceed your goals in recovery. A recovery coach helps you to lead your best life. They are a champion, guide, peer, mentor, resource broker, cheerleader, truth teller, and advocate in your journey. They remove barriers to recovery, help solve problems and help you enjoy life to its fullest, so it’s easier stay in recovery.
Consulting a coach is a great first call. The earlier, the better.
Whether you or your loved one are “recovery curious” or have achieved long term sobriety and looking to achieve more from your recovery, your coach will put the resources in place that you need. In early recovery, that could mean a range of solutions: connecting with community support, such as 12-step or like alternatives such as LifeRing. Determining if treatment is needed and if so, which center is best suited for budget and personality. Coaches also help you solve problems with your family, friends, and/or employer.
How is a Recovery Coach different than a therapist?

First and foremost, a recovery coach is not a replacement for a therapist. Secondly, therapists often work with clients on their past and why a person may be stuck. Recovery Coaches focus your strengths and what it is that can be done for your recovery today. Often, that is with future goals in mind. Recovery coaches also take a broad approach to help address quality of life issues or challenges with health, work, relationships, finances, etc. Coaches ask “what” and “how” questions to create goals and plans. great coaches establish trust with therapists, so that the coach can extend the work their clients do with their therapists on a regular basis.

How is a sponsor different than a Recovery Coach?

Sponsors are volunteers who help others within a single pathway of recovery – 12-step. Recovery Coaches are paid and highly trained professionals. Sponsors stick to the steps, fellowship, and traditions and tell the sponsee what to do in order to recover. Recovery Coaches ask their clients how they want to pursue recovery. For those choosing 12-step, coaches are expert in staying in their lane and supporting that pathway.
Recovery Coaching is a strengths-based approach, with the goal of helping to achieve living your best life.

Are Recovery Coaches worth what they cost?
If a recovery coach isn’t providing value, we’ll be the first to tell you. when assessing the cost of a coach, it’s often short-sited to simply look at coaching as a hedge against a devastating relapse following the high cost of treatment. The value is more far reaching and multidimensional. WE often say that our goal is for our client’s to live their best life. What we believe, is that our clients will realize that recovery was the best thing that happened to them and that they gained more from it then they otherwise would have. Coaches also provide families with needed support through what can be a very difficult process. Coaches allow loved ones to go on with their own lives while offering the necessary support they want to offer.
A lot of people call themselves Recovery Coaches.
Some people call themselves Recovery Coaches but have no training at all. RE/COACH was established to train and develop the best, most gifted team of recovery coaches, armed with the most sophisticated and proven process. All RE/COACHES are experienced, CCAR trained & certified and either have or are pursuing advanced certifications such as RCP and NCPRSs.


(303) 630-1400


600 Terry Street
Longmont, CO 80501


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