Citizens In Recovery

Citizens In Recovery!

A Life Coach with a Trauma Informed Approach

Come See Eric at The Best You EXPO on March 21st, 2020 at the Los Angeles Convention Center
Introduction to
Citizens in Recovery

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What We Do

Citizens In Recovery provides confidential & private life coaching and mentoring for people in recovery from substance use. We work with individuals who are struggling to move forward because of negative thoughts or beliefs they have about themselves or others. 

We help individuals find solutions to overcome their struggles and build the resilience to reach their true potential. Addiction is the result of the maladaptive coping mechanisms we have created and used to deal with adverse events (trauma) from the past. It’s not your fault and your will power has nothing to do with it.


Trauma is the most misunderstood, stigmatized and untreated condition in our society today, because many believe it is just catastrophic events that happen to someone. However, trauma is actually about how an individual responds to an event. Hence, trauma can be much more subtle. Certain traumas can occur continuously and the victim is unaware it is happening. They become stuck, feeling doomed or thinking, “That’s just the way it is”, or “I’m f*#*ed”. It could be as simple as a parent criticizing you or shaming you. It may not be intentional, but the way it affects you is the key to identifying it.


Our team will coach you on how to identify, understand and resolve your challenges in a nonjudgmental or shameful way, and you will gain a new perspective on the events that negatively impacted you. We also teach you techniques you can use when those thoughts or memories are triggered, and you will become more aware of negative thoughts and destructive behaviors as they arise.  You will start to make new choices and see positive and lasting outcomes in your life, and you will thrive!

Whether you are a CEO or unemployed, your stories have a common theme because we are all looking for connection, and the answers to why you don’t feel better after quitting drugs and alcohol! That is what Citizens In Recovery helps people to identify and resolve. Recovery has many layers over time. It takes commitment, hard work and patience. Please join us and learn this new paradigm for living.

Empathy, Compassion,
& Inspiration


What is stopping you from achieving everything you ever wanted in life? We will uncover it and you will be supported, inspired and motivated!


It’s not just breathing! This specific technique will help relieve stress and anxiety, and create a physiological shift like you have never experienced.

Mission & Vision

To provide absolute clarity and focus for people in recovery so they can create the life they have always wanted!

Individuals will have an authentic sense of purpose in life, and truly understand that the past does not dictate who they are today, or who they want to become in the future.


I had the pleasure of collaborating with Eric in managing a mutual client. I reached out to Eric to help because he struck me as energetic, an out of the box thinker, and capable of working with complex situations. Eric was exactly what my instinct told me, and more. Throughout the process, Eric was extremely professional in the way he managed our client in common. What I liked the best about working alongside Eric was that he was able to attend to the most complex scenarios and creatively found solutions for the situation at hand. I absolutely recommend Eric's work.
Debbie Briem, LMFT
Clinical Director - Connect Wellness Center
Although we worked at the Executive level, Eric works very well with people on a one-on-one basis to help them reach their full potential whether as individuals or as employees. He is adept at finding their motivations through a combination of mentoring and coaching on an individual basis, which helps organizations create a better team environment.
Brett A.
Operations and Compliance Consultant
Thankfully I connected to Eric, shortly after my brother’s drug abuse brought him to the hospital with life threatening health issues, when I was in the grips of worry and chaos. Eric gave me much needed calm and direction. He’s a thoughtful listener and a clear & compassionate communicator. It was comforting that Eric took the time to understand the complexities of my brother’s situation and my family’s concerns, to determine his individual needs. He has a wealth of knowledge & experience to give your loved ones support they need. He also gave me sound advice on self-care for myself and my other family members to help us keep our strength during a very trying time.
Coleen U.
Sister of Client
Eric was able to give me a new perspective on life that I never knew existed. He didn't talk to me like a therapist, but he still got me to talk about the things I really needed to get out. He is so relatable and down to earth, that you just feel comfortable talking to him.
Marcus B

About Eric

Eric Johnston is a Certified Professional Coach, currently working on his Master of Science in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, and brings over 20 years of professional experience in Business Development and Operations.  As a person with 25 years of recovery from drugs and alcohol, Eric made it his mission to help individuals navigate life after going to treatment or  continuously trying to “clean up”, but having no success. His education and experience in neuroscience, and his philosophy of addressing your core beliefs are the key to unlock walking through life with confidence and purpose. If we can come to grips with our past, we can focus on the future without fear or shame!

“The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.”  –  Thich Nhat Hanh