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My name is Eric Jones, Recovery Coach, Qualified Behavioral Health Provider and author. There are multiple pathways to living the full, rich, and meaningful life you want for yourself. Creating and working your own personal Wellness Recovery Action Plan is one of them. WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) has been certified by SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence Based Practices and Programs (NREPP) as an evidence-based intervention.
A Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) helps you stay focused, identifies what works/doesn't work and serves as a map to living a healthy, vital life. I developed this WRAP course for men, women and YARs (Youth with Adult Responsibilities) who don't have a plan for living their best life once released or are mandated to complete an Aftercare Program.
Is that you? This 16-week course is offered online and is designed to help you create your OWN personal Wellness Recovery Action Plan. A plan created by you and that works for you.
DURING THE COURSE THERE ARE 3 THINGS TO FOCUS ON:
Good mental, physical and financial health are essential ingredients to living a full, rich, and meaningful life. This program is designed to help you increase your overall quality of life in all three of these areas.
Mental health is #1 because this is what frees us from the stress, pain and challenges we face in daily life.
Physical health is #2 because all of the money in the world doesn’t matter if you are too sick to enjoy life.
Financial health is #3 because it's how most of the world survives. Money problems can create some pretty big obstacles.
On November 8, 2015, I was transported from the Colin County Jail in McKinney, Texas to begin an 18-month intensive treatment program at the Johnston Unit. I had less than two years left to serve on a 10-year probation sentence, when I tested positive for THC.
I was a single father raising three of my four children and lived in St. Louis at the time. I was going through a divorce and it hurt so bad. I began to smoke marijuana after dinner in order to sleep. For a time, this worked for me. It was my little secret. I didn't think in a million years that smoking a little weed would cost me my children and my freedom. Well it did.
It was there at the Johnston Unit where I would discover a path to living the full, rich, and meaningful life that I wanted for myself. During a 1-on-1 with my counselor, she told me that TDC was funding peer training and that I should apply. I was a little reluctant at first, but I applied anyway.
Out of 168 applicants, I couldn't believe that I was one of the 16 selected to attend! I loved going to class. Everything I learned each week, I would use to help other men in my housing unit, but most importantly, I would apply it to my situation. When it was time for me to leave the yard and transition to a half-way house, I was ready. For the first time in my life I had a plan.
During my second week at the half-way house, I went to Texas ReEntry Services and requested space to offer a peer support group. After six weeks of negotiations, we signed an MOU and I began facilitating my peer support group on Saturdays. The fruit of my labor gave birth to Peers Pencils & Pages. I've been helping men and women create paths for living a full, rich, and meaningful life ever since.
My Personal Mission Statement is "To impact a million people during my lifetime." Creating this online WRAP Course using the three core elements of programs that reduce recidivism puts me in position to do just that. Take a look at my THREE CORE ELEMENTS and TESTIMONIALS below:
Incarceration in Arkansas disproportionately impacts Black people. Despite accounting for only 15 percent of the state’s adult population, Black Arkansans accounted for 42 percent of the prison population in 2017, and an estimated 1 in 45 Black men in Arkansas was imprisoned that year. The following year, one in five admissions to an Arkansas prison was for behavior that was not a criminal offense, but rather violation of the terms of their probation or parole supervision, which can include failure to pay fines or not reporting to a supervision officer.
While working as a Recovery Coach, I noticed that although black people account for the largest prison population here in Arkansas, there are no quality affordable alternative sentencing, diversion or aftercare programs dedicated to helping them stay out. Programs that help Black people create and work a personal Wellness Recovery Action Plan to not only successfully complete community supervision, -but doing it while living a full, rich and meaningful life.
"(WRAP) Wellness Recovery Action Plan, is now recognized by the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) as an evidence-based practice. That means that the WRAP model as designed by Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, described in the Facilitator Training Manual: Mental Health Recovery, Including WRAP, Curriculum and implemented by properly trained facilitators, has been rigorously studied by researchers who are well-known and respected for their mental health research.
Through the hard work of the researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago, we now have proof for what we have long known: WRAP is helping people to experience greater levels of wellness and to move forward with their recovery.” – Mary Ellen Copeland.
I love people period, regardless of race and I love helping them. But in doing so, I’ve discovered that I’m better at helping the black population. Perhaps it’s because I’m Black. I look like them, talk like them, live amongst them and most importantly -I’ve been right where they are. I understand that for most of them, it’s hard to let their guard down and to get past certain racial belief systems and the stigma of “the man” so that healing can begin. I know what it’s like to simply be illiterate of natural and community resources available to me. That’s why I developed this program.
The Black community needs Recovery Coaches like me to help them succeed in drug recovery, employment, and meeting parole requirements. They need quality programs like mine that are packed with Recovery & Wellness Capital that they can trust, afford, and easily access to begin creating a path to living a full, rich and meaningful life.
REGISTER TODAY, AND I'LL SEND YOU A FREE AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF MY BOOK!
Recovery coaching is a form of strength-based support for individuals with addictions, especially for individuals with a drug or alcohol dependence. The primary job of a recovery coach is to help their clients maintain sobriety by helping them identify triggers, create coping strategies, find resources, help them make decisions that support their sobriety, navigate their newfound life in sobriety, and provide accountability in helping them reach their goals. Recovery coaches may also assist with general life issues such as career, education, relationships, spirituality, sleep-hygiene, daily structure and routine, and various other life areas, as these are all intimately linked to the individual’s inherent ability to maintain sobriety and live a full, rich and meaningful life.
A Recovery Coach is not a Peer Support Specialist or therapist. This is not therapy. I didn't design this program to treat you. I created it to help you increase your overall quality of life. Whatever that looks like to you. If that means including the peer community or therapy in your own personal WRAP, I'll help you identify and connect with them. Working my own Wellness Recovery Action Plan for the last five years has enabled me to enjoy the full, rich, and meaningful life that I have today.
My guarantee to you is that if YOU DO THE WORK included in this course over the next 16 weeks, I'll help you to customize and implement a plan for your life that's just for you. You will see a difference in your life and so will your family. I know when you take action, you’ll get results.
Must be 18 years old, or responsible for your own care.
Instructional Material Requirements:
Look for your Welcome eMail with the subject: "You're in!" from Eric. The instructional materials required for this course will be in that email, and Week One of the course will be available online once you checkout. If you don't see the email, check your spam folder.
To make sure you don't miss any emails, add me as a contact using this email address: [email protected]
Eric was born and raised in Aubrey, Arkansas, and is a Gulf War veteran. After returning from Iraq, Eric settled down in Kansas City and started a family of his own.
Growing up, Eric was introduced to marijuana at an early age. He says, "My friends smoked it because it was fun to them, I smoked it to escape. For the first time, I had something to help me get through the things that happened to me." At 16-years-old, Eric tried crack cocaine and his life would never be the same.
Addiction seemed to follow Eric everywhere he went after returning from Iraq. He spent the next 26 years, doing life on an installment plan in jails and institutions. On October 5, 2005, Eric found it no longer necessary to smoke crack cocaine. In 2010, he founded TGIM Digital Publishing and launched its premier program: Writing for the Soul Workshop™.
Youth and young adults accessed the program in Africa, Asia, Australia and throughout the US until Eric retired the program on December 31, 2020. While offering the program, Eric was able to give away just over $2.8 million in books, food, workshops, cash, and school supplies.
Eric completed Recovery Coach Training and Peer Recovery Support Specialist Core Training in the Texas model in 2016. On March 8, 2019, Eric was one of the first 50 peers to complete the PRSS Core Training in the Arkansas model.
Eric's work experience as a Recovery Coach in North Little Rock includes CEU's along with over 6,000 hours of Master's level clinical supervision as a Qualified Behavioral Health Provider, and registered CIT with the Arkansas Substance Abuse Certification Board.
Currently, Eric offers private Recovery Coaching throughout Central and Northwest Arkansas from his headquarters in beautiful downtown Little Rock, and satellite office in Rogers.