Certified Addiction Recovery Coach
What is a Recovery or Addictions Coach?
Also known as a Sober Coach, these coaches provide support to people trying to overcome their compulsive, obsessive, addictive behaviors, and/or their families. Many times, family members suffer as deeply as addicts. Growing up in any dysfunctional family environment or being in a relationship with someone who has bad behaviors leads to codependency and something known as an adult child syndrome. The number one priority of people recovering from addictions is to not relapse. A coach helps clients to make smart choices to insure they continue in sobriety.
What does a Recovery Coach do?
A good recovery coach is actively involved in the life of the addict and their families. The act in many roles, such as mentor, leader, spiritual guide, and cheerleader. Just being sober is not enough, you want to be happy and live a meaningful life. A coach helps develop the skills to live a full life without the use of drugs or alcohol and to thrive. They do not promote or endorse any single or way of achieving or maintaining sobriety or serenity. The client is in control of their choices and beliefs; the coach supports the client in sticking to their goals.
Here are just a few examples of what a coach might do for you:
- Be available whenever you need them. Unlike a sponsor, who is a volunteer, a coach works for you. If you need them at 3 a.m. because you think you might use, they will be there.
- Hold you accountable. Everyone has different triggers so a coach will help you come up with a plan that meets your needs and they will make sure you do what you say you will.
- Provide support and resources. Navigating recovery can be overwhelming if you don’t know what’s available to help you. A coach can help you find the resources you need and want to enrich your life, such as education or finding a better job.
- Communicate with family. Communicating with family can be challenging. There are often hurt feelings, distrust, and resentment in early recovery and having someone to help all parties work through their own feelings is very helpful.
How Do You Know You Need a Coach?
If you feel overwhelmed in sobriety, it’s time to reach out for help. Be honest with yourself and acknowledge that sobriety is difficult, and everyone has challenges. The worst thing to do is use the same thinking that created the problem to try and fix it. Research has shown that multiple streams of support are needed in order to stay sober. A Recovery Coach will keep you from sliding down that slipper slope (again).
Here are some of the signs that you could benefit from the help of a recovery coach:
- You just got out of rehab and feel nervous. The relapse rate in the first 12 months of recovery is over 50%.
- You have been sober for a while but you feel stuck.
- Some major event happened, (for ex: loss of a loved one) and you’re deeply shaken up.
- You cling to nostalgia of your using days, places, and friends.
- You feel depressed, anxious and stressed out and can’t stop thinking about using.
- Going to 12-step meetings doesn’t seem to work for you anymore.
Why work with a Recovery Coach?
Thousands of people go to inpatient treatment centers to recover from addiction every year. The first 90 days of sobriety or after leaving treatment are usually the most difficult. There are so many triggers, reminders, and habits that need to be broken yet the stresses of life, such as work, family, and financial can become even more acute. This is when a Recovery Coach can be most helpful.
Recovery Coaches can help the recovering client navigate the overwhelming path of early sobriety without sabotaging their recovery. Working with them daily helps them establish habits and behaviors that encourage and reinforce a healthy lifestyle.
Why not just get a sponsor in AA for free?
A coach may have many characteristics of a good sponsor, but a Recovery Coach does much more. It’s like having your own personal case manager. They work for you, are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most coaches only take on one client at a time so that they can focus completely on them and ensure their success.
Recovery Coaches can help create healthy boundaries in all areas of your life. They can teach communication skills to help you relate openly and honestly with family members in the workplace, and just help you learn to live life on life’s terms.
How do I find a Recovery Coach?
Most inpatient treatment centers can recommend a Recovery Coach to their patients. As of now, there is no official federal licensing process for Recovery Coaching but all coaches at Life Coach Library have completed coach training and are certified. Simply register, fill out a questionnaire and we’ll find up to three coaches for you to talk to and choose from. Or you may choose a specific coach from our directory and we’ll connect you to them.