Citizens In Recovery

About the Founder

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker

Eric Johnston is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) bringing over 20 years of professional business experience in Sales, Marketing and Operations. He received his BA from San Francisco State University, and after many years in the workforce, Eric decided to go back to school to get his MS in Industrial & Organizational Psychology.

After getting clean and sober 25 years ago, Eric spent many years going to community support groups and doing therapy, only to find that he wasn’t feeling better. It got to the point where Eric thought he was going to live a life of mediocrity, and he was going to struggle until the end. Then he found the therapeutic work he needed to help him understand the negative, false beliefs from his own trauma that were holding him back. It was a process that took some time to change, but it was the key that opened the door to the dream life that Eric was always searching for! He had been living a lie based on the ideas he had created about himself. This experience, and process of healing, led Eric to get certified and trained to help others find their own truth about what really holds them back.

Eric originally moved to Southern California in 2000 to pursue an acting career, and spent a few years working in the film industry. He went back to the corporate world for many years but the treatment field was calling him. After consulting and working for a neuroscience technology firm, Eric contracted with treatment centers for a few years, and ended up serving as Executive Director of a successful outpatient facility. He has been trained to do interventions, studied various trauma informed modalities and loves to study neuroscience. All of this education and experience gave him a thorough understanding of how to work with individuals and families. It is also critical that Eric work very closely with licensed professionals to make sure clients receive proper care. In addition to all of his treatment experience, Eric also served a two year term as President of the Men’s Association for Addiction Treatment.

Clients come first!  Their ambitions, passion and motivations are what Eric taps into. His empathy, compassion and connection to his clients helps them walk through the most difficult of challenges. Eric truly understands the need to feel gotten and connected to someone who supports and encourages them. He has seen the potential of so many individuals get thwarted by a lack of support and guidance after getting clean and sober. 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. Trauma informed life coaching is the key to creating that shift.

When Eric is not working, he is with his wife and son, living life to the fullest. Eric is a thrill seeker, having been a skater, surfer and snowboarder for most of his life. He loves playing drums, golfing, surfing or exercising. Eric finished the Ironman 140.6 in Arizona in 2010 and hopes to complete another one in the future. Finally, Eric also loves facilitating Breathwork and gong therapy classes in his spare time, helping people relieve stress and anxiety through this exhilarating technique.