Citizens In Recovery

We are...Citizens In Recovery!

A New Paradigm for Living!

Life Coaching with a Trauma Informed Approach

See Eric at The Best You EXPO, March 21, 2020 - LA Convention Center
Introduction to
Citizens in Recovery

Do you think you’re “not qualified” or “not good enough” to get a certain job? Are you stuck, somehow, or do you feel like your life is going nowhere?



What We Do...

Citizens In Recovery provides confidential & private life coaching, mentoring and companion services for people recovering from addictions and mental health challenges. We work with individuals who are struggling to move forward in life because of the limiting thoughts or beliefs they have about themselves or the world around them. 

We help individuals find their resilience and inner power to overcome their personal struggles and reach their true potential. Addiction is not a matter of will power and it is not something to be ashamed of! It 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 one of the most misunderstood, stigmatized and untreated conditions in our society today!  Most people believe trauma is a catastrophic event that happens to someone. While that is true, trauma is  more about how an individual responds to that event, not the event itself. So, trauma could be more subtle and unidentifiable. This means certain traumas can occur over and over again, and the victim is unaware they are being traumatized. They become stuck, feeling doomed to failure or thinking, “That’s just the way it is…it’s never going to change” or “I’m f*#*ed”. 


Our team will teach you how to identify, understand and work through your challenges in a nonjudgemental or shameful way. You will gain a new perspective on the events of the past that had negative impacts on you. From there we teach you techniques that will help you move forward when those thoughts or memories are triggered. You will become more aware of negative thoughts and old, destructive behaviors, as they arise, and make new choices to deal with difficult situations. You will begin to see positive and lasting outcomes in your life, and you will thrive!

Addiction and mental health issues are a part of everyone’s life, in some way, and it is not getting any better. Whether you are a CEO, a doctor, a waiter, a janitor, or you are unemployed,  your stories have a common theme; you are looking for connection and looking for answers to why we don’t feel better after the drugs and alcohol are gone. That is what Citizens In Recovery helps people to identify, release and reprogram. Recovery has many layers, and it doesn’t  take forever to “peel the onion”. It does take commitment, hard work and patience. Become a part of this new paradigm for living!

We do work with people remotely and connect with them via Skype or Zoom. For more information, pricing and packages, please feel free to contact

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!


When I first did Breathwork I had no idea what I was getting into!  I just thought it would be some form of meditation and I might be able to relax a bit.

Mission & Vision

To provide coaching that brings clarity and focus to people in recovery, so they can achieve their highest potential. We will offer an alternative form of care to those individuals/families who cannot afford to pay for treatment.


I have 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 that brings over 20 years of professional business experience in Business Development and Operations.  As a person with over 24 years of recovery experience, Eric has made it his mission in life to help individuals navigate life after spending time in treatment, or after continuous efforts of trying to “straighten up”, but not being able to sustain it. His personal experience and philosophy of addressing our deep-rooted, core issues are the centerpiece for learning to walk through life with confidence, resilience and purpose. If we can truly come to grips with our past and let it stay where it belongs; in the past, we can begin to build a new life and a new future that lives up to our biggest dreams and aspirations.

“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