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My name is James Egidio, the Founder of RecoveryCoachingAlliance.org

Hi my name is James Egidio the Founder and a Recovery Coach for RecoveryCoachingAlliance.org the First and Only Non-Profit Recovery Coaching Website. This story I am about to tell you is my story.

It is a story with overtones and elements of Faith, Hope, Love, Forgiveness, Victories and Defeats, Good Choices and Bad Choices as well as a story of Restoration and Recovery. I was born July 3rd 1963 in Bellville, N.J. I grew up in a modest lower middle class family where both parents worked full time to make ends meet. I have a slightly younger sibling, Veronica Egidio (who I am very proud of, she is a school teacher for severely disabled children and holds a Master’ as well as an advanced education degree in Education).

We moved to Las Vegas, NV in the summer of 1969, I was 5 years old at the time. While growing up in Las Vegas, I was introduced to golf at the age of 5 and had a passion for practicing every day. By the time I was 10 years old I won the first State (Nevada) sanctioned junior golf tournament in my age group. Throughout my younger years and into my teenage years, my passion for competitive golf grew and I found myself playing on a national level in the Junior World golf tournament as well as the Disney World Junior Qualifer, Insurance Youth Classic and the Pepsi Junior Qualifier.

By the time I turned 14 years old and before I reached my sophomore year of high school, I was playing golf with a 4 handicap, by the time I was 13 I started to encounter some difficult times with my father’s severe verbal, physical and mental abuse (I forgave my father for his paternal short comings in 2002, 10 years prior to his death in 2012). This took the “wind out of my sails” for golf. In fact, by the time I was 14 years old I started to experiment with marijuana. By the time I got to my sophomore year of high school, I played one year on the high school golf team and made the #1 spot, but after that I did not have the motivation or determination to play golf anymore and I quit competitive junior golf and High School Golf for good.

Education/Business

Following my dismissal of golf, I decided to dive into my academics

In 1979-1980 in my junior year of high school I decided to trade the competition of golf for the challenge of academics. In my junior and senior year of high school, I enrolled in more competitive courses (biology and chemistry). I aspired to attend college with an interest in premedical (Biology Major/Minor Chemistry) studies despite no moral support from my father and continued verbal abuse, but a lot of moral support from my mother; my substance abuse over the next several years grew even more out of control. I can recall that, as out of control my substance abuse was, I was fortunate enough to still stay enrolled in college, hold down a part time job 5 days per week and exercise 5-6 days per week and still continue up to this day.

I can remember “burning the candle” from every end. By 1987-1988 my substance abuse was out of control with cocaine, with a near death drug related overdose and a drug related “brush” with the law I realized I had made some really bad decisions and had to make some changes and make them quickly. I currently have 28 years of sobriety under my belt. In 1988-89 at the age 25 I decided to go into business for myself in the nutritional supplement industry. I started my own company (Future Science Labs, LLC) and developed several entities within the industry. I started with a mail order company (selling specialty nutritional supplement formulas through space ads in magazines) before the inception of the internet. I branched off with a line of 30 specialty nutritional supplement formulas/products and got involved with the wholesale distribution to health food stores as well as opening up a channel of distribution exporting nutritional supplements to the Middle East and Asia. All of this was achieved from 1989-1995. In 1995 I sold my company off and decided to go back to college to complete my degree in Biology/Chemistry with aspirations to become a Cardiothoracic physician assistant. I applied to various schools (Cornell, Bowman Grey/Wake Forest University, University of Nebraska, and the University of Alabama) and was fortunate enough to have interviews 2 years in a row (1996-1997) with an Osteopathic Medical College in Southern California in the midst of finishing my degree.

It was extremely competitive in the mid 90’s with 50,000 applicants for 2,500 spots nationwide. After having 2 interviews in a row and not getting into a physician assistant program I found myself at a cross road to make a decision as to what I was going to do; with 4 years of working experience as a medical practice administrator and with well over 1,000 hours of volunteer service with the American Red Cross in the Family Practice clinic at Nellis Air Force Base, I decided in 1997-1998, and after doing some research, that it was a good time in medicine to start a medical house call practice for physicians.

So, in 1997 I decided to start a medical practice management company and offer the marketing and medical management services (administrative/medical management) to physicians who were interested in rendering medical house calls. For 10 years, from 1997-2007, I became a “hands-on” practice manager assisting physicians with medical house calls. By 2007 I had gone on well over 15,000 medical house calls assisting physicians and decided to transition the medical house call practice to a fee for service (no insurance) office based medical practice. Working with a semi-retired physician who specialized in addiction medicine treating patients with opiate addiction, I found myself providing the ancillary services as a Recovery Coach, helping patients get their life back on track. In 2014-2015 I started a formal accredited (ICF Accredited) Life Coaching/Recovery Coaching training program through the Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT). I am currently a Nationally Certified Progressive Recovery Coach, taught and mentored by Michael Pantalon, PhD who teaches Addiction Medicine to medical school students at the Yale School of Medicine. I am also a certified Genesis (Faith Based) Recovery Counselor.

Hobbies/Interest/Volunteer Service

I currently volunteer my time as a Recovery Coach

I currently volunteer my time as a Recovery Coach and Mentor at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. I enjoy weight training 5-6 days per week (32 years). I enjoy playing golf and fishing occasionally, and most of all, I enjoy my time with family and friends.

I feel very blessed through my faith as a Christian and believe that through my faith and recovery, I have learned and continue to learn the value of striving to become More forgiving, compassionate, empathetic, humble, grateful, and passionate to help those in need of rcovery and want to continue to diligently serve those who are struggling with addictions and going through recovery in order to move them from Recovery to Discovery!!

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