Citizens In Recovery

We are...Citizens In Recovery!

Trauma Informed Life Coaching and Companion Services for Individuals in Recovery

(888) 585-9586
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Are you trying to find purpose and motivation after quitting drugs and alcohol? Struggling to figure out what you want to do with your life?



What We Do...

Citizens In Recovery provides confidential, private coaching, mentoring and companion services for people  recovering from addictions and mental health challenges. We also work with individuals who  can’t seem to push forward in life because of the limiting thoughts they are having. We primarily serve individuals in the Southern CA region but have the ability to work with people remotely, and connect with them via Skype or Zoom.

Are you new to recovery and trying to make your way? Have you overcome the devastating grips of addiction and still struggling to figure out why things aren’t working out for you? Or, you’re not sure where to turn next? We will help you take your recovery into the real world and elevate your life to the level you have always expected and hoped for!

Citizens in Recovery helps individuals find their resilience and inner power to advance in life, helping them learn to remove the stigma of addiction and mental health that prevents so many people from overcoming their own personal struggles and reaching 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 used to deal with adverse events from the past. It is not your fault and your will power had nothing to do with it. We are here to help you thrive and learn how to work through your challenges without remorse or shame.

Until our society really begins to understand the true nature of addiction, mental health & trauma, and starts talking about it more openly without shame, judgement or bias, our children and loved ones will continue struggle unnecessarily and we will continue to ask why this is happening, when the answers are in our grasp.

Addiction and mental health issues are a part of all our lives, in some way, and it is not going away anytime soon. Whether you are a CEO, a doctor, a waiter, a janitor, or you are unemployed, many of our stories have a common theme; we are looking for connection and we are looking for answers to why things aren’t changing after we get rid of the drugs and alcohol. That is what Citizens In Recovery helps people to identify, release and reprogram. Recovery has many layers, and it doesn’t have to take forever to “peel the onion”, even if the onion never actually goes away. It does take a lot of commitment, hard work and patience. Please join us and be a part of a new paradigm for living!

For more information, pricing and packages, please feel free to contact us.

Empathy, Compassion,
& Inspiration

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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