Recovery coaches have filled this role, creating a niche in an industry where one previously did not exist. A recovery coach is just like it sounds, someone who helps a person in recovery with making life decisions and maintaining sobriety. This has extended to take on more functions as the profession has expanded and become more popular, and some recovery coaches work with people who are active in addiction to try and help them get into treatment. But the keynote recovery coaching is that it is a non-clinical approach to supporting someone with substance use disorder.
Recovery coaches are unique in that they do not address, diagnose, or treat mental health problems or substance use disorders. They will not spend time with a client discussing their past or even their feelings very much. The idea is to offer positive support for behaviors that are helpful in recovery and guidance in decision-making to avoid situations or life circumstances which make a person more prone to relapse. Recovery coaching is not associated with any particular model of drug and alcohol treatment or recovery, so can benefit anyone regardless of what program they have attended or their beliefs. They are there for the person, night or day, face-to-face or by phone to help them stay clean and on the right track.
One of the biggest benefits of recovery coaching is that it can be particularly useful for people who are transitioning from being in a treatment setting to returning home. This is usually the area where people struggle or relapse, going from a very restrictive and supportive environment to one with total freedoms and little support. Having someone to talk to regularly who can help the person make good decisions or just vent to without judgment can be vital to the recovery process. Outpatient facilities meetings like AA or NA do their best to fill this role but don’t have the flexibility and availability that a recovery coach can provide. Also, developing a personal relationship with one person who is helping you can be more stabilizing than a group setting for many people.
Recovery coaches do not replace treatment or other aftercare measures or support groups. But what they can do is fill in the major gaps that exist within the aftercare network and provide people with a level of support access that has never existed before in the recovery community. Like anything else though, it is important to do one’s homework and select a recovery coach that is reputable and qualified. Since this is a fairly new field, not much licensing or regulation exists for recovery coaches because they do not perform any counseling or medical services. There are certification programs available in many states, however, these only verify that a person has followed some curriculum of learning.
We have taken the guesswork out of it for you by providing resources for quality recovery coaches, but it is still important to spend some time on the selection process and find someone who is a good fit for you. Everyone is different and will benefit from a different skill set or personality type. Many recovery coaches have personal experience with addiction and so may have a relatable history or story. Finding the right one could be the missing piece to finding long-term recovery.
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Why would I choose to do sober coaching?
Sober coaching is an excellent option for anyone who wants one-to-one immediate support and advice. Sober coaches are available any time because you are paying for the services. Recovering addicts choose sober coaching because they want ongoing support and access via phone, text, or video call.
Does sober coaching work?
Yes, sober coaching works because it helps clients establish and accomplish goals. However, it is crucial to determine if this is the best approach. Sober coaching costs money, and it requires significant commitment. Overall, a sober coach is an excellent option for a recovering addict.
How do I find a sober coach?
The best way to locate a sober coach is with an internet search. Sober coaches often work remotely, yet it is not uncommon to find local options. The sober coach you select should have experience working with people recovering from drug addiction.
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