Addiction is an ongoing battle with no cure. However, with treatment, therapy, and a good support system, you can regain control of your life and find yourself on the path to recovery. One of these support systems can be found in a recovery coach.
Recovery coaches are here to remove the barriers between you and recovery and provide the motivation and ongoing support needed to reach a place where you feel normalcy and comfort in your progress.
- Real Life Experience
While there’s plenty to be gained from professional counseling and therapy over addiction, the most meaningful help you can get as a recovering addict is from those who have walked a mile in your shoes. Dealing with online counseling professionals who have dealt with real addiction in their own lives is more beneficial than receiving information gained from textbooks and websites.
When you select online addiction counseling, choosing somebody with experience in their own lives navigating recovery is helpful. You can gain insight from their own plights, and you know you aren’t just hearing from doctors or specialists, but from somebody who can truly empathize.
- Formal Training or Certification
While experience is an asset, it’s not prudent to entrust your recover to just anybody. Training or certification is important as well. You want to ensure that the drug counseling expert you speak to is an expert. This means they have not only experienced some form of addiction or addiction recovery but have trained to help those throughout their own recoveries.
At Recovery Coaching Alliance, we train each of our counselors with the most recent information and training provided through research and medical specialists. It’s so important to us that each of our patients experience the best possible chance at a successful recovery. This means having all the tools and information at your fingertips.
- Non-Judgemental View on Addiction
There’s no place for judgement in recovery. There’s no back button, rewind button, or time machine to undo what addiction has caused. All you can do is move forward and make choices in the future which lead to positive outcomes. As an addict in recovery, one of the steps you must face is acceptance, and judgement is the opposite of acceptance. It forces you to feel shame and hurt over what has happened in the past and things you can never change.
When you select a recovery coach, it helps to speak to them one on one to see where their head is in terms of judgement and acceptance. You may be an addict, but you are also trying your hardest and that is what’s truly important during your recovery.
- Continued Support
There’s no end to addiction. It’s an ongoing battle, which becomes easier with time, but is never truly won. Taking your recovery one step at a time, day by day is the best way to meet your goals. Continued support is essential to the ongoing success of your recovery. According to David Loveland, PHD., “One of the few consistent findings in addiction treatment research over the past 30 years is that people have better treatment outcomes the longer they stay engaged in treatment. Therefore, a primary goal of any community-based addiction treatment program is to keep people engaged in the recovery process over time.”
Long after you’ve completed a rehabilitation or therapy program, you will find yourself in need to a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen, and a counselor to lend advice. You should select a coach who can provide this without a deadline or end date in sight.
- Relapse Avoidance Advice
As we’ve said, addiction is unending; it’s simply a one step at a time process to overcome the feelings of dependence which have developed. Relapse occurs when addicts are triggered into revisiting their addiction.
Choosing a recovery coach who knows the best methods of preventing relapse is crucial to your success in recovery. This is where the “experience” portion of your coach becomes really important.
- 24/7 Availability
There’s no “good time” to relapse. This means that you could potentially need support at 1pm or 2am. Having a recovery coach with ongoing availability day and night will help you avoid those pitfalls as you come across them. That point of contact and access can be via text, email, telephone or face time via computer.
Not all coaches are available all day every day, but a good coach has a backup coach you can get in touch with.
- Connections with Friends and Family
Recovery requires more than one helping hand. Some of the best tools in your arsenal are your friends and family. Your recovery coach should encourage your friends and family to be involved in the process. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Department of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services writes, “The process of recovery is supported through relationships and social networks. This often involves family members who become the champions of their loved one’s recovery. Families of people in recovery may experience adversities that lead to increased family stress, guilt, shame, anger, fear, anxiety, loss, grief, and isolation. The concept of resilience in recovery is also vital for family members who need access to intentional supports that promote their health and well-being.”
- Utilizes Community Programs
While seeking counsel and support from friends and family is helpful, there are also am abundance of community programs to be had. Experienced recovery coaches should be familiar with local supports and connections you can use in your recovery journey. The University of Massachusetts Medical School explains, “All Recovery Coaches support community connections; the degree of support varies considerably across programs, however. In some programs, Recovery Coaches provide information and make referrals to community supports, others actively assist with connecting individuals to resources, and some accompany individuals to appointments, meetings and community resources.”
- Your Best Interest in Mind
Every job has a price and of course mentors and counselors are paid for their assistance during your recovery. However, money shouldn’t be the main goal in a recovery coach’s mind during your journey to overcome addiction. Your health and wellbeing need to come first.
- Reviews and Ratings
Finally, as with any business or service you subscribe to, you can find the best of the best by reading reviews. What other recovering addicts write about a recovery coach provides the best possible feedback for your choice. A recovery coach with poor reviews or bad ratings suggests they weren’t able to connect with their client.
When faced with the crippling weight of addiction, it’s important to find support to lighten the load. Online addiction counseling can help. Here at Recovery Coaching Alliance, our team of Online Substance Abuse Counseling specialists builds close relationships with those undertaking the rigorous journey to recovery. We’re here to help at every step of the journey.
To get addiction help online, or for more information on online drug and alcohol counseling, we invite you contact us.