RJ is board certified by the American
Association of Drugless Practitioners

Empowerment through

“I strongly recommend RJ Handley as an addiction and recovery coach.  He has strong people skills and a rare talent for active listening.  RJ also has the gifts of insightfulness and articulation which come from his ability to process information on a deep level.  And he has a wonderful sense of humor which helps others to relax and not take themselves too seriously.”   Dr. Rebecca Willson, psychotherapist.
Great Experience: “RJ is a kind, empathetic, and patient coach who had a real commitment to helping me reach my goals. RJ has a talent for deep listening and for meeting you where you are on your journey and helping you to make progress from there. His non-judgmental and honest guidance was a real help to me.”  Dianna V.,  counselor
“Last year after having gone through many difficult experiences, I knew I needed professional help to guide me though . In desperation, I googled the Ten Top Counselors in Aurora.
RJ Handley was the first to respond.  He seemed to have an intuitive sense of the causes and solutions of each issue we dealt with.  Over 5 decades of meeting with several Counselors, he was unlike any I’d met.  He listened compassionately, didn’t let me ramble or rehearse the past (something I’d already done too much of) so we were able to quickly focus on the situation at hand, using appropriate and effective homework.
He helped me gain many new insights.
I saw progress almost immediately and was able to deal with heretofore hopeless problems , in ways that made so much sense.   I am able now to use the principles I learned on a regular basis.
I would highly recommend him to anyone who is struggling with hard-to-solve problems or who simply needs clarification  and guidance in making decisions.”  Patty S.
“RJ has helped me tremendously over several sessions. His ability to listen with kind compassion helped me to feel safe and really open up about my relationship challenges. RJ was able to reframe some very difficult issues for me. I am so grateful to RJ for his grounded spiritual approach to coaching. RJ has the ability to connect from his heart and that made all the difference for me.”  Rick W.
“RJ is the most sensitive, intuitive and compassionate man I’ve ever sought help from. I cannot endorse him strongly enough. One should, at the very least, try one session with him. I’m all but certain you’ll return for more. He will help you right your mindset and motivate you. One often gets lost in one’s own private quagmire. Rod helped me sort that out. I will forever be in his debt.”  Mark P.
A Wise Man:  “I have really enjoyed the time I have spent with RJ. Through the work we have done I have come to know myself and have a closer relationship to God. He is very wise, gentle, understanding, patient and a great listener.” Steve B.
Complimentary 60-minute session to try out my approach
RJ Living Wonder and Awe

Every athlete has a coach. You deserve the same

My addiction and recovery coaching provides a powerful alternative to traditional counseling/therapy. As a Certified Life Coach and addiction specialist, I have devoted myself to improving the lives of others.  Join me and I will create for you a customized program that will provide you with the skills and strategies that will allow you to live a life that you will love.  Through clinically proven exercises and activities, you will learn step-by-step how to manifest the changes you desire in yourself.  No matter where you live, we can meet together and get you on the path to greater happiness.

What sets me apart from other coaches?

As a published author and life coach, my practice is unique.  I integrate the current psychological theories of ACT and Behavioral Activation with the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.  I also offer my clients the opportunity to work with me on emotional and spiritual development.  Not only do my clients grow up emotionally but they wake up spiritually.  Few coaches or therapists can offer both.

My coaching style

I love people, and there is no greater joy for me than being a champion of your commitment to your own sobriety and the ripple effect that has on all your family, friends, and colleagues.  As we work together, you will feel empowered by my compassion, my care, my empathy, and my expertise to fearlessly surface the issues that have robbed you of the joy you see others experiencing.  Mark Twain said that the two greatest days of your life are when you were born and when you find out why.  Let’s discover the “why” together.

My coaching methodology

I begin with the belief that we are all empowered through Self-discovery.  The quality of our lives and our relationships can be no deeper, broader, richer, or happier than our understanding of ourselves.  Through the use of diagnostic tools, I can quickly assess the key issues and shadow elements that have kept you sidelined in your life.  Then, though my guidance, you will learn and apply tested and proven techniques that will empower you to not just survive, but to thrive, transforming you into a more loving, more competent, more confident, and more joyful human being.

Areas of Competence

  • Alcohol, opioid, food, gambling, and porn addiction
  • Relationship Issues
  • Positive Habits
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Self-confidence & Approval
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Self-discovery/Self-awareness
  • Stress

Session Types

  • Complimentary introductory session
  • One-time session
  • Multiple sessions (discount available)

Getting Together

  • In person
  • Telephone
  • Zoom


  • Per session: $99
  • 20 percent discount rate for 10 sessions

Payment Methods

    • Credit cards
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