The Freedom Room is made up of a dedicated team whose sole purpose is to help YOU.
The team are compassionate, experienced and believe there is ABSOLUTELY a way to find freedom from alcohol.

Meet the Team

Rachel Acres – Founder, CEO and Head Recovery Coach
Rachel was born in the UK and had been living in Australia for almost six years. She is a mother of three, a wife, an accountant and a passionate advocate for successful recovery. She has over ten years of continued sobriety and a wealth of life experience.

Rachel is a Certified Counselling Practitioner, CBT and ACT Certified Practioner, a Certified Master of Mindfulness Practitioner, has a Certificate of Addiction Support in Alcohol and other Drugs, a Psychology Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Addictions and a fully Accredited Professional Counselling Diploma. She has seven years of experience working with alcoholics from all walks of life. Rachel has spoken at hospitals, rehabs and prisons, and she is very active and respected in the recovery community.

What is different about Rachel?

Having lived the life you are struggling with, Rachel can offer you her experience, strength, and hope and walk with you through your journey. Rachel will show you that you are not alone and teach you that you are powerless over Alcohol – but not over your life.

Alcoholism can happen to anyone. It is a disease – not a choice.
Alcoholism does not discriminate based on race, economic status, age, religious beliefs, education, or gender.
There is still a stigma that alcoholics are somehow less than others, which is not valid. Those with successful jobs and clean records are not exempt.
Negative stereotyping of individuals with alcoholism can leave people in denial, believing that alcoholics are those who drink as soon as they wake up and continue drinking until they pass out.
They may also think that alcoholics are homeless, estranged from their families, and drink cheap cider or wine.
I am living proof that is not the case.

What Is a Recovery Coach?

A Recovery Coach’s job is to support a client in pursuing their own goals. While a person classified as a counsellor or a therapist might diagnose addictive behavior and prescribe treatment, this is not the coach’s focus. Instead, a coach will offer someone the tools and guidance needed to follow the path they’ve already chosen.
This can include:

  • Helping a person form a plan of action
  • Directing that person to the right resources
  • Helping them navigate the medical system
  • Providing accountability and support
  • Offering guidance in developing new behavior patterns
  • Helping them view their progress objectively
  • Assisting in harm reduction for addictive behaviors

In other words, a recovery coach helps people with the gritty, day-to-day process of overcoming addiction. As Ria Health coach Willie Leak puts it, recovery coaches are the “boots on the ground” within a support team.