A Recovery Coach, also known as a Sober Coach, Sober Buddy, Recovery Manager, Sober Companion, Recovery Support Specialist, Family Recovery Coach, or a Virtual Recovery Coach, is a non-clinical professional who helps remove personal and environmental obstacles from the recovering client, and serves as a personal guide and mentor in the management of personal and family recovery.
Recovery Coach takes on a non-biased “Hands-On” approach by getting involved with the client to help find ways to stop addiction (abstinence) or reduce harm (harm reduction) associated with addictive behaviors. Recovery Coaches not only help find resources for detox, treatment, family support, education, local or online support groups, but also helps a client create change with a “life plan” to recovery through life coaching.
Anyone and everyone who is recovering from hurts, habits and hang ups! Most people mistake recovery coaching only with substance abuse but all of us have had to recover from something at one time or another in our life (i.e. Loss of a loved one, relationship break ups, divorce, substance abuse, sex addiction, compulsive eating, gambling, compulsive spending, compulsive shopping, and even the anxieties of life and the uncertainty of our future.
The concept of Recovery Coaching had its start in the peer recovery support model and with mutual support groups in Europe and the U.S. back in the 1700’s as well as with the Native American tribes 200 years before the inception of Alcoholics Anonymous.
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Because Recovery Coaches are not doctors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, clinicians or counselors and do not offer primary treatment, they cannot diagnose and treat an ailment or addiction. However, unlike the above mentioned providers, an experienced recovery coach will move a client forward beyond recovery and make themselves accessible to a client, even during “off hours”, to help prevent or reduce relapse and assist with harm reduction during recovery.
Depending how far along you are in recovery is dependent on how often you will need recovery coaching. We have had clients who are in need of my services 3-4x/week (12-16 Sessions/month), which involves close monitoring through text and email outside of sessions, and I have provided recovery coaching services for clients who are only in need of 1 session/week (4x/month).
Clients that I have coached through recovery have reported and experienced the following benefits: Have helped reduce or eliminate relapse. Helped “bridge” the gap between the client and family for recovery resources. Help Empower clients in order to move them beyond recovery, from “Recovery to Discovery”. Recovery Coaches make themselves accessible via text, phone and email throughout recovery, even during critical times (“triggers”, holidays, special occasions.) Recovery Coaches take a non-biased approach to recovery and Substance Use Disorder; in fact, most recovery coaches have been personally challenged with substance use and have many years of sobriety behind them. Discovery of Life [...]
A Recovery Coach helps assist clients in Recovery with relapse by providing ongoing support through healthy problem solving skills, life coaching and self efficiency as well as connect the client with external/local recovery community resources for additional support; whereas a therapist will try to diagnose and treat the client's addiction through past experiences.
No, absolutely not. In fact, over 75-80% of all Recovery Coaching/Life Coaching takes place over the phone via videoconferencing Face Time or Skype, Text and through email. This mode of Recovery Coaching provides a sense of privacy and anonymity for the client.