Citizens In Recovery

Eric Johnston

About the Founder

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. This means letting go of the meanings we make about ourselves and others that may not be accurate or serving our highest purpose today. All of this experience and success has led Eric to the conclusion that he can have a much larger impact on peoples’ lives by working with them individually, providing a fresh perspective on a truly humanistic level, where people don’t feel like they are being examined or analyzed. Eric always puts his clients first…period! Their ambitions, passions and motivations are what Eric taps into. Empathy, compassion, love, laughter and connection are what Eric believes help individuals walk through challenging situations and establish a remarkable life. He understands the need to feel gotten and connected to someone who supports and encourages them. Eric has seen the potential of so many individuals get thwarted by a lack of support and guidance after getting out of treatment. His primary objective is to be the bridge that helps people find their way through the darkness, and get to the light that shines so bright in all of us.

Eric is currently President of The Light Fund, a nonprofit foundation (awaiting final federal approval for 501(c)(3) status) whose mission is to provide resources and financial assistance to individuals that are seeking help for addiction. Eric served a 2 year term (2016-2018) as President of the Men’s Association for Addiction Treatment (MAAT), an organization focused on providing addiction and mental health treatment providers with the ability to educate, offer mentoring and network with each other as resources to help more individuals in need. MAAT is currently expanding to open new chapters in Northern CA as a result of his efforts. Eric moved to Southern California in 2000 to pursue an acting career and spent a couple years working in the film industry. After determining that fame and fortune are not as important as he originally thought, Eric went back to Corporate America for many years as a Director of Business Development and then Director of Operations for a medical software company. Eric then came back to the treatment field where he held a variety of roles. He was the Executive Director of a very successful outpatient facility and he worked on the front lines of treatment centers for many years, holding various positions. Eric trained to do interventions and has studied various trauma informed modalities which have given him a broad depth of knowledge and understanding about how to work with individuals and families. He also works very closely with licensed professionals to make sure clients receive the proper care when the needs become more severe.

When Eric is not working, he is coaching soccer or baseball with his son, Cole, or working with his beautiful wife, Paige, on her skin line, Héilo Skin Care. Eric is a thrill seeker, having been a skater, surfer and snowboarder for most of his life. He loves playing drums, golfing, surfing or taking fitness and conditioning classes. Eric finished the Ironman 140.6 in Arizona in 2010 and hopes to complete another Ironman, but that goal is on hold for right now. Finally, Eric also loves facilitating Breathwork and gong therapy classes in his spare time, helping people relieve stress and anxiety through this exhilarating technique.