Addiction & Substance Abuse Recovery Coaching

Stopping an addictive behavior is as easy as just stopping. The hard part is living comfortably after you decide to quit. I can help you recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors including drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcoholism, gambling, food addiction, prescription drug abuse, sex addiction, and problem addiction to other substances and activities. My commitment is to help you transform your life into one of purpose, peace and joy.

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Coaching sessions occur by phone or Skype for maximum effectiveness.

A coach that can relate to you.

  • My passion is helping people, especially those struggling with addiction and recovery. I recovered from alcoholism so I know what you're going through. I've been where you're at right now. I know how you feel, and I want to help you.

    It's my desire that potential clients know the "real" me before you decide to hire me as your coach. I want you to know how much pain and suffering I caused to myself and the people I love most as I battled my 35 year addiction to alcohol and other addictive activities. My addictions cost me two marriages, a chance to have healthy personal relationships, jobs and promotions and the respect of my family and children. I want you to know how I suffered from low self esteem and persistent feelings of worthlessness. Every day was filled with guilt and shame over my addiction and the pain I caused others.

    By all outward appearances I was successful and had a terrific life. For 30 years I held important corporate positions with some of the world's biggest companies and most recognizable brands. I had a big house, nice cars, a wife and beautiful children. It was everything a man could want, but it was all a lie. I was miserable, and I spent my life trying to fill the emptiness and medicate the pain with anything to make me feel better about myself. It was never enough to make me happy or build my self esteem. I didn't have a shred of peace or joy in my life. I was totally lost.

    I hit "near" bottom several times before I decided enough is enough. It was time to grow up...emotionally. I was on the verge of destroying another marriage when I decided to take responsibility for my drinking and bad behavior. I had to change me before I could change my life. I used a five point process to make real changes in my life that I incorporate into my coaching practice.

    Today my life is everything I always wanted. A fantastic marriage, the respect of my wife, children, family and friends. Living in the present is more fun than I ever had while drinking. I finally have the inner peace and joy I longed for. If I can do it, anyone can!
  • Education & Coaching Credentials
    Georgia State University 1982
    BA in Liberal Arts and Business

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    Licensed and Ordained Minister

    Professional Memberships
    • International Coach Federation (ICF)
    • Georgia Coach Association (GCA)
    • Recovery Coaches International (RCI)
    • National Association of Christian Ministers (NACM)

    World Coach Institute (WCI) 2011 - 2012 Certifications Earned
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    • Master Coach - CCMC
    • Addiction - CAC
    • Christian Life - CRCC
    • Group Coaching - CGC
    • Laser Coach - CLC
    • Marketing Coach - CMC
    • SMART Recovery Group Leader

    Business career includes 30 years of executive sales and management positions with:
    • Hallmark Cards
    • PepsiCo
    • ConAgra Foods
    • Born August 30, 1958.
    • Happily married with six adult children and two grandchildren.
    • Proud owner of two golden retrievers named Bennie and Buster
    • Fun Fact: I am the father of NFL Super Bowl XLIV Champion and former New Orleans Saints safety Chris Reis. Chris became a part of Super Bowl history when he recovered the on-sides kick to start the second half against the Indianapolis Colts. We are currently working on a book together "Recovery of a Lifetime" that addresses my battle with alcoholism and my son's life and influence on my addiction recovery. Look for our book in February or March 2013.
    • Most importantly, I am a Christian and a follower of Jesus Christ.

What Is Recovery Coaching?

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  • At Reis Coaching, I provide a special service to those who are contemplating abstinence or have started on their road to recovery and want to make sure they have the best possible chance to succeed. I understand that making the decision to quit is complicated. If you are leaving a structured treatment program, settling back into your life can be overwhelming.

    As a recovery coach, I use a strength based approach with my clients to help them utilize their core values, assets and strengths while I coach them to success.

    I focus on the present and the future with my clients and assist them with many issues while navigating through all stages of recovery.

    I will help guide you or your loved ones as you begin the journey of recovery. I believe that clients who are clear about their life goals are better able to achieve and maintain a great life, healthy living and long-term recovery. I offer coaching for any stage of recovery as well as coaching for families recovering along with their loved one.
  • For those new in recovery or just coming home from treatment, recovery coaching can smooth the transition. I can help with clarifying priorities such as: returning to work or finding a job; family and friends; taking time off to focus on recovery; managing money, debt, and bills to avoid feeling overwhelmed; working on relationships may be difficult as well.

    Choosing the right kind of continuing care such as meetings and support groups may seem complicated, and I am here to assist in finding the best places for help. I understand that these situations can be uncomfortable and my goal is to simplify these support decisions for individuals and their entire family.
  • For clients who have been clean or sober for some time, I can help you begin to achieve some long-term goals that were set in early recovery. Once time has passed, my clients begin to see that anything is possible, and I can help you continue to reach higher than ever before.

    Many people in recovery after years of being clean or sober may become stagnant or bored when things begin to settle after some time. Sometimes this means it is time to face what has limited you and begin down new roads in recovery and set new goals. As your recovery coach, I know what it’s like to recharge and add new energy to recovery
  • Many times people come to me while they are still abusing substances or participating in addictive activities. I know what it’s like to want to stop and not know how. The change process is different for every client. If you are in this place, I will do all I can to assist you in getting help or into treatment. Together we can begin to work towards a program of abstinence.
  • Recovery coaching is not limited to the person that abuses substances or is involved in inappropriate behaviors. Many times family’s need help finding support groups and meetings to help deal with the devastation that comes with addiction.

    I help family’s begin to heal along with their loved one. Sometimes this means a family member or the entire family needs to attend a treatment center or counseling. I will help you find the best places to go for help. Or, I can work with you to rebuild the life you lost.
  • I am not a doctor, counselor, therapist, psychiatrist or sponsor. I am a recovery coach that has recovered from alcoholism and addictive behaviors so I know what you or your loved ones are going through and how to help. I don’t address past issues or trauma. Instead, I focus on moving forward in life and making positive changes while having a smooth transition into recovery.

    Recovery coaching is often used concurrently with therapy and counseling, and it should never be considered a substitute. Recovery coaching ethics and guidelines require that if you are primarily seeking relief from emotional or psychological pain, I must and will refer you to a therapist or counselor.

    As a recovery coach, I do just what other professional coaches do, but I serve those who are in recovery or who are striving for recovery from addiction.

    I can answer questions, offer reflections, and help my clients become resourceful and capable of choosing what is best for them in recovery over time.

    I believe in and support every client I work with, and I’m here to make sure that everyone I work with has continued success in recovery.

Public Speaking

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  • Photo of Mike & Chris Reis Mike and Chris Reis are a dynamic father and son speaking team whose mission is to encourage others to live life with thoughtful and selfless intention.

    When not on the road, the pair may be found in the office space they share, collaborating on their soon-to-be published book, Recovery of a Lifetime, which examines how a son’s positive beliefs and accomplishments could inspire his father to suddenly reign in 35 years of addictive behaviors, in favor of sobriety and selflessness.

    Since their very first workshop, Mike and Chris have been widely sought-after by churches and congregations, business and men’s groups in need of their kind of “real life,” “we’ve been there too” inspiration.

    Contact or call for more information.
  • Photo of Chris in Saints uniform Chris Reis – 2009 Super Bowl Champion

    Inspirational speaker Chris Reis is a loyal follower of Christ, devoted husband and father, philanthropist, Super Bowl champion, NFL player, and lifelong athlete.

    He is best known for his historic, game-changing play made during Super Bowl XLIV, and ultimately helping to lead his (then) team, the New Orleans Saints, to victory. As the first onside kick recovered before the fourth quarter during a Super Bowl game, named Chris’ play one of the “top 10 greatest Super Bowl plays of the decade,” and the actual ball recovered resides in the NFL Hall of Fame.

    Chris is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was the president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes throughout his entire college experience. It was here that Chris met his wife, Michelle.

    It was also within these walls of fellowship that Chris’ father Mike felt his own calling to surrender his life to Christ. Chris is passionate about helping others to improve their lives. He serves on the board of LUO, a non-profit organization that works on empowering children in impoverished global communities by providing them with sustainable solutions including nutrition, biblical curriculum, education, and medical care. (For more information, please visit

    Today Chris travels the country speaking to men’s groups, churches and religious organizations, rotary clubs, youth groups, touchdown clubs and corporations, inspiring others by sharing his story of living a faith-based lifestyle in an ego-centric culture. He also offers workshops for youths and young adults who may find trusting God in today’s culture to be more and more daunting.

    Chris lives in Cumming, Georgia with his wife Michelle, daughter Piper and their dogs Kolsch and Tyger. Visit
  • Mike Reis is a certified addiction, recovery, and life coach who firmly believes that it’s never too late to create the life you want to live.

    After becoming a Christian in 2005, Mike was eventually able to battle the cycle of his own alcoholism, and today he lives a life dedicated to God, family and serving others.

    He feels most called upon to help substance abusers -- men especially, to carry his message that being a good father, husband, and head of household is about much more than income and possessions. He travels to churches, retreats, men’s groups and organizations, and even to men’s shelters and rehabilitation centers in order to share his own story of enlightenment with this demographic.

    Prior to coaching, Mike enjoyed a hugely successful career in executive sales with companies including Hallmark Cards, PepsiCo and ConAgra Foods. Mike graduated with honors from Georgia State University with a BA in liberal arts and business.

    He is a Certified Master and Professional Coach, and is also certified in Recovery and Christian Life coaching, all from the World Coach Institute (WCI) where he is also an instructor. Mike is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), Georgia Coach Association (GCA), and Recovery Coaches International (RCI).

    Mike is the proud father of six adult children and two grandchildren.
  • As a pastor in New Orleans, I am overwhelmed by the amount of people who have lost all hope in their life. Life can be hard and many people are praying for redemption and grace. In their book, Recovery of a Lifetime, Chris and Mike Reis share an inspiring father/son story of redemption and grace that is centered upon Jesus. Their story is being used in a powerful way all around the country. I am so thankful how God used them to speak the hope of Jesus into our church family. I highly recommend reading their story, sharing their story, and booking them to come and share their story!

    Rob Wilton
    Lead Pastor
    Vintage Church, New Orleans

    Hi Mike & Chris,

    Again let me say how much we appreciate y'all sharing your story with us. I have heard numerous comments from the men about how inspiring it was.

    I am going to forward your bio's to our marketing department, we are very interested in scheduling a date and time with you to speak at our west Georgia campus. Graham and Tim will spearhead that and be in touch with you.

    Thanks again and God Bless you both,

    Bill Eubanks
    No Longer Bound
    Program Director

    (Copy of an internal email from the VP of Programming at GMCTV, the Gospel Music Channel TV.)

    Tammi –

    Just wanted to send you a note and thank you for today’s uplifting Friday. Chris Reis and Jake Smith were terrific and I think everyone in the room connected with a lot of what they had to say. I was especially moved by Chris’s story of his relationship with his father and how it changed when his dad gave up alcohol. With so many families struggling with addiction issues, this story resonated with me. I hope when they come out with their book, we can bring Chris back with his father to tell their story.


    Sophia Kelley -Vice President, Programming

    Mike is a phenomenal coach, mentor, and instructor. From the first day that he came to instruct our coaching class I knew that he was a wonderfully skilled and qualified coach and instructor. He was kind and encouraging yet honest and firm. He made it his business to see that, when he was done with our class, we would be well equipped to be powerful coaches. He possesses outstanding active listening skills and has an innate ability to know just the right thing to say, when to say it, and how it should be delivered. With the skill sets that we learned under Mike Reis, I certain that we will all have great success.

    S. Armstead
    WCI Graduate

    Recovery Coaching complements traditional therapies with cutting-edge strategies.

    Veronica looked like a devoted mom and wife in public, but behind closed doors things were different. The pretense ended one afternoon when she was found unconscious after another drinking binge. Veronica checked herself into an exclusive Miami treatment center for the third time in seven years. In the past, she’d attended 12-step meetings and therapy after discharge, but this time a revolutionary new method called Recovery Coaching was added to her aftercare plan. As a result, Veronica designed solid life goals and has stayed sober for the longest time since college.

    Relapse after costly addiction treatment is puzzling to treatment centers and insurance companies, as well as disillusioning for the addict and loved ones. Traditional therapies and self-help groups have only been partially successful in helping people break free from addiction--Recovery Coaching introduces an innovative approach showing remarkable results. Instead of perceiving people in recovery as sick, bad, or powerless, it leverages the client’s strengths.

    Borrowing from executive coaching and positive psychology, recovery coaching applies some of the techniques of life coaching to addiction recovery. Recovery Coaching helps clients increase awareness in the present, stay sober, and take action to realize future goals. Coaches believe that clients want more than just abstinence-- they want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives. And improving the quality of life for those in recovery is the best defense against relapse.

    Coaching is useful in all stages of recovery. Because recovery coaches do not advocate one treatment approach or modality, they’re free to collaborate with their clients to develop a customized plan for them. They can support the client who is contemplating abstinence, leaving a treatment center, working a 12-step program or going it alone. Coaching can be offered by phone to maximize convenience, privacy, and flexibility.

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    If you’re interested in learning more about Recovery Coaching please contact ReisCoaching founder
    Mike Reis, CCMC, CPC, CAC, and CCRC at (404) 550-5343

Coaching Services

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  • Life coaching is about assisting a client in closing the gap between where they are and where they want to be.

    Life Coaching is about key life issues and teaches you how to:
    • Get clarity about your goals
    • Overcome procrastination
    • Eliminate fear and self-doubt
    • Get focused on what is really important in your life and business
    • Certainty about yourself and a sense of well being
    • Ability to communicate powerfully
    • Tools to turn challenges around
  • Given the current economic climate, group coaching has become a cost saving option for a group of people with similar themes or issues. Groups can range in size from 4 to 10 people and can take place in person if local, or by Skype or phone. This option allows people that want and need coaching to minimize their cost.

    Call 678-648-1760 for more information and rates.
  • If you have a narrowly defined issue or goal that needs immediate attention, then laser coaching may be for you. This service is perfect for a busy person or someone with a crisis situation that needs some quick thinking, processing, and a resulting action plan that can then be implemented. My laser session typically last 20 to 30 minutes, and they are scheduled as quickly as possible, usually the same day.

    Call 678-648-1760 for more information and rates.
  • With my extensive corporate experience, I offer sales consulting as an option at Reis Coaching. My expertise is in sales planning, strategy, tactic development and implementation. This option is usually combined with business coaching for the sales professional looking to grow their individual business or market.
  • As a certified Christian Life Coach, this option is available for all types of coaching at your request. My company mission statement clearly states what I believe and follow: To inspire, encourage and empower others to live intentionally through Gods truth and love.

    This option brings a Christ centered focus to any kind of coaching.


"Mike’s coaching helped me build my self-esteem & helped me learn to better prioritize the problems in my life by setting achievable goals I could maintain & stick to. I really saw a difference in my confidence as a mother & in my professional career."
– Diana J.

"I never would have believed how much Mike's coaching could help until I took the chance and scheduled an appointment. By the end of the first hour, we had developed my business proposal and an outline of my goals to accomplish within the next few days. Our ongoing appointments continued to be just as successful and helped me get promoted into a new position. I am so thankful for Mike's expertise and I would highly recommend his services. Mike will help you think of things that you would never be able to come up with by yourself!"
- Michelle R.

"I’ve worked with Mike for over 7 months. I’ve never had any personal coaching before and have never considered it. I find Mike’s coaching techniques revolutionary simply because he allows you to be the expert in your own life. He is extremely adept at bringing issues to the surface and encouraging me to stay on track with goals we’ve defined together. I can’t express how invaluable this experience has been, and how effective he is at is profession. Simply put, Mike is a natural, and for me, the results have been life changing."
- David T.

"My experience with my coach Mike has been very positive as it has given me someone I can talk to about my recovery issues and work through them in a constructive way. He has helped me set realistic goals for the future. Mike is a great coach that I admire and respect so much.
– Vanessa R."

"I had the pleasure of having Mike Reis as my coach for several months. Mike has a very professional demeanor that was mixed with desire and passion to help me reach my ultimate goal. I began our first session with a very broad idea of developing a plan for what I could do to help bring in extra money, however, after a series of questions and answers about what I believed my strengths and weaknesses (or areas of growth) were was I able to narrow my thoughts. During our coaching sessions I was challenged and pushed to think "outside the box." I was given homework after each session that helped push me even further to help me find what it was that I was truly looking for. Mike has a wealth of knowledge that aided in our coaching sessions, but he pushed me to discover various avenues to take. It was with the help of Mike and his guidance that I was able to develop an action plan for finding work in a field that I enjoyed. We were even able to take it a step further for me to realize my dream and make it come to life. With Mike's coaching skills we were able to take a broad idea and narrow it down to a strategic plan for me to follow.

Mike truly has a gift at coaching and I would highly recommend Mike for your personal coaching needs. I enjoyed that I was able to take who I am now, what I love now and develop a plan for my future. We did not have to break apart and discuss my past in order to figure out what my future could hold. His positive and passionate personality makes for comfortable sessions with easy communication, but at the same time, very productive sessions."
- Lauren B.

Press Release - September 13, 2012

New Docu-Series Breaking The Cycle Offers Help For Concerned Parents

  • Is your son or daughter developing bad habits?
  • Are their grades slipping, are they cutting class, or talking back?
  • Are they experimenting with, or have they already developed a habit with drugs or alcohol?
  • Have they become obsessed with body image and dieting?
  • Are they depressed, anxious, or angry?
  • Do you worry about their self-esteem?
  • Do they blame you for their behavior or think you don't understand?
  • Are you afraid the bad habits they have formed are leading them down the wrong path?
  • Do you feel some of their issues are similar to the things you've had to deal with yourself?
  • Are you terrified they'll make the same mistakes you did but feel powerless to get through to them?

The life-changing new series BREAKING THE CYCLE wants to help. If you are a parent of a child between the ages of 16-25 whose life seems to be spiraling out of control, we want to hear your story. This documentary series is non-exploitative and will treat each participant with extreme sensitivity.

Please email your story, photos of you and your family, and current contact info to:

Addiction Facts

My Personal Definition Of Addiction

The psychological or physical loss of control over a substance, activity or person that an individual continues to engage in despite the negative consequences and harmful impact on their life.

Surprising Addiction Facts

  1. Drug and/or alcohol addiction is surprisingly common. Approximately 1 out of every 8 Americans is living with some form of addiction. This includes drugs and alcohol. Since this figure only includes known cases of addiction, the true figure may be much higher.
  2. Rates of addiction to drugs and alcohol are on the rise. The number of people who are living with some type of addiction has been increasing steadily over the past decade or two. This is hardly surprising, since almost 50 percent of young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 have admitted to using drugs and/or alcohol.
  3. Approximately 15 percent of children under the age of 18 have admitted to experimenting with illegal drugs . These kinds of activities are on the rise, despite educational programs designed to help kids "Just say no" to drugs.
  4. One-quarter of Grade 8 students admit to smoking marijuana regularly , and just over 30 percent of high school students smoke pot. The good news is that overall use of illegal drugs seems to be on the decline, but that doesn't mean there is not a significant problem with drug addiction.
  5. Addiction to prescription drugs is a growing problem among young people . OxyContin and Vicodin are not illegal when prescribed by a physician. They are addictive, and have become increasingly popular among drug users. Using prescription drugs for non-medical purposes is being used at approximately the same rate as marijuana among people between the ages of 12-20.
  6. Approximately 70 percent of people who are using illegal drugs are employed . The fact that they have a drug problem means increased costs to the employer in terms of absenteeism, decreased productivity and staff turnover.
  7. Ninety percent of muggings and property crimes (theft) are related to drugs . 70 percent of all crimes involving violence were committed by someone under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  8. The average drug addict needs to come up with $200 per day to support his or her addiction . If an addict resorts to stealing to get money for drugs, he or she will need to steal approximately $1,000 worth of property to raise $200.
  9. One-quarter of all hospital admissions are related to alcoholism . The total cost to society each year due to alcohol and/or drug addiction is estimated to be $250 billion per year.
  10. Addiction to drugs and/or alcohol is a problem for approximately 30 million people in the United States alone . Addictions to these substances and the mental health issues that go along with them are one of the most serious health problems that are affecting modern society today.

Alcohol & Drug Facts

Addiction Resources

Chemical Dependency & Addiction

  • SMART Recovery (Self Management and Recovery Training)
    Uses Cognitive-behavioral principles to help members recognize environmental and emotional triggers for addictive behaviors. Offers face-to-face and online mutual help groups. (Launched by people who were originally part of Rational Recovery.)
  • The Addiction Recovery Guide
    The Addiction Recovery Guide is an online guide for recovery resources assists individuals struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism find help that best suits their needs. It covers information on finding a wide range of treatment, programs, addiction medication, holistic approaches, a message board and resources for ongoing recovery.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Cocaine Anonymous (CA) 800-347-8998
  • Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA) 213-488-4455
  • Dual Recovery Anonymous, 877-883-2332
  • Marijuana Anonymous (MA)
  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA) 818-773-9999
  • Nicotine Anonymous (NICA) 800-TRY-NICA

Eating Disorders

Compulsive Gambling

Other Addiction Support

Mental Health

Sexual Addiction

Family Support

Other Resources

Addictions and Recovery.Org |
You can recover from addiction. This is a public service website meant to help you or a loved one overcome addiction. It is based on independent and verified medical research. Steven M. Melemis, PH.D M.D. "I Want to Change My Life" How to Overcome Anxiety, Depression and Addiction.

Women for Sobriety |
Gender-specific self-help support program. Based on a Thirteen Statement Program of positivity that encourages emotional and spiritual growth.

Moderation Management |
National nonprofit self-help group for people who want to quit or cut down on their drinking before they experience serious consequences. Not designed for alcohol-dependent people, formerly dependent people who are now abstaining, or for drug or food problems.

Self Help from |
The most complete guide to information about Self -Improvement, Personal Growth and Self Help on the Internet. It is designed to be an organized directory, with articles and references to thousands of other Web Sites on the World Wide Web.

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