Progressive Profile: Brian Nash, Director of Clinical Outreach & Recovery Coaching

by | Thursday, October 15, 2020



Overcoming addiction to alcohol or drugs has dramatic effects on relationships, family dynamics, and careers, leaving those in recovery with so many questions surrounding, “Now what?”

Brian Nash, Director of Recovery Coaching at Progressive Institute and over six years alcohol-free, is no exception.

As a former financial services executive living in the Northeast, Brian’s job and life were full of travel, stress, and pressure, and eventually, a lot of drinking. The lifestyle caught up with him, until the “environment took him under.”

Brian checked himself into a treatment facility where he thought he’d be in and out within 21 days.

He stayed six months.

Once Brian’s time in treatment ended, and the recovery phase began, he was left with so many questions. He was in his mid-40s, and his drinking had cost him everything. His previous life seemed foreign. Uncertainty about the future loomed and resources felt scarce.

“It was a very humbling time,” Brian recalls. “For the first time in my life, I didn’t know what to do.”

Taking the advice of those close to him, he continued his recovery in a sober living house where he sought to rebuild his life. Planning on staying for just one month turned into longer, as he established a strong network of support. His main priorities were the program and his sobriety.

After a brief stint working at a friend’s gas station, an opportunity in the Financial Services field opened up. Brian took the job and started traveling again, all the while trying to balance work stress, fatherhood, and sobriety.

Just six months in, he was already questioning his life. A year later, while he didn’t physically relapse, he did mentally relapse. While he was still alcohol-free, something in him had changed. He felt no spiritual direction or purpose, and had unknowingly distanced himself from the foundational network that had helped with recovery in the first place.

It was time to get back to the basics. 

He resigned from his job, and continued the work on himself and his recovery.

In 2015, after learning more about the power of recovery coaching, he started the credentialing process to become one himself. Through the training, he met an incredibly diverse group of people who all had the same thing in common…a desire to help others.

Brian left his training with a renewed sense of purpose and hasn’t looked back since. He honed his skills in case management, goal setting, and relationship building through several coaching roles. Prior to joining Progressive Institute, he also created a recovery coaching program at a high end sober living community in Fairfield County.

Brian now oversees a team of Recovery Coaches at Progressive Institute, whose main purpose is supporting people in navigating their treatment and recovery of substance use disorders. They are trained professionals focused on helping people build their “recovery capital,” the sum of the resources necessary to enjoy long-term recovery or functional wellness.

Having experienced the process himself,  he knows the importance of a strong support system when facing the overwhelming uncertainty that comes with addiction, treatment, and recovery.



Put simply, Recovery Coaches help people live their best life.

Studies have shown that the chances of long-term recovery double with the help of a coach. Most treatment facilities are now seeing the value of Recovery Coaches in supporting the continuum of care, and have integrated coaching as a critical part of the process as a means of relapse prevention and provide ongoing support.

Recovery Coaches are not therapists or sponsors, but their role is critical. They are highly trained professionals, able to put the resources and connections together needed to aid in the recovery process. This might mean finding an appropriate 12-step program, assisting with job training, or sorting out problems with family and friends. Unlike a therapist who may focus on the past, coaches focus on today and a client’s strengths to support recovery now and into the future.

Coaches help put together answers for the deep uncertainty facing those in recovery. They take a broad approach to address quality of life issues or challenges with health, work, relationships, finances, etc. Recovery Coaches help people meet and exceed their goals, serving as a champion, guide, peer, mentor, advocate, concierge, and cheerleader.  

Navigating recovery alone can be overwhelming and isolating. The guidance and support from a Recovery Coach can make the journey dramatically easier and more sustainable.



British journalist Johann Hari said, ”The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it’s connection.”

Progressive Recovery Coaching creates these connections by providing a fully integrated program designed to support people of all ages and their families through each stage of the recovery process. 

Led by highly trained and qualified coaches, the program focuses on a completely customized and comprehensive approach to recovery from substance use disorder. At the heart of this approach is the Recovery Wellness Plan, focusing on improving an individual’s physical, mental, spiritual and social wellbeing.

Progressive Recovery Coaching is geared at building confidence, a sense of purpose and happiness that leads to freedom. A few key components include:

  • Discovering & assessing recovery capital
  • Strength building
  • Identifying barriers to success
  • Developing short-term & long-term recovery goals
  • Establishing an integrated support team of therapists, nurses, psychiatrists, case managers, etc.
  • Daily and weekly check-ins
  • Employment & education
  • Drug & alcohol testing

“Each person’s recovery journey is unique, so we create a personalized plan that meets them where they are right now,” said Brian.



  • Collaboration.
  • Accountability.
  • Supervision.
  • Mentorship.
  • Resources.
  • Progressive.

All this and more await you with the help of the Progressive Institute Recovery Coaching program. Brian and his highly talented and compassionate team can get you closer to the life you want to live.

Brian commented, “I always had a J-O-B, but today it doesn’t seem like that at all. I have purpose. I inspire and mentor people, while supporting their recovery. What’s better than that?”

For more information about the Recovery Coaching program, click here or call Progressive Institute at 203-816-6424.

You and your recovery are worth it.

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