What is Recovery Coaching?
Recovery Coaching is an ongoing
professional relationship that helps people who are in or who are considering recovery from addiction to produce
extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses, or
organizations—while advancing their recovery from addiction.
Recovery Coaches affirm that there is innate health and wellness in
each of our clients. We hold our clients creative and resourceful. We do
not promote or endorse any single or particular way of achieving or
maintaining sobriety, abstinence, or serenity or of reducing suffering
from addiction. Our focus is on coaching our clients to create and sustain
great and meaningful lives.
Through the process of Recovery Coaching, clients
deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their
quality of life. In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of
conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and
questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client toward
action. Recovery Coaching accelerates the client’s progress in recovery by
providing greater focus and awareness of choices, actions, and
responsibility. Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what
they are willing to do to enjoy a better tomorrow.
The Recovery Coaching process recognizes
that results are a matter of the client’s intentions, choices, and actions
taken toward building a strong foundation and creating a life worth
staying healthy for, supported by the coach’s efforts and application of
the coaching process.
A Recovery Coach promotes recovery by
serving as a client's individual guide and mentor. This coach empowers the
individual in their personal journey towards recovery offering hope; while
providing advocacy, guidance, motivation and knowledge.
Coaching puts you, not your challenges with drugs, at the center of the
your whole life and look at how your use (or your loved ones use) of
addictive substances might be getting in your way. Recovery
Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that helps you
produce extraordinary results in your life, career, business, or
organization by doing what it takes to live a healthy life. Recovery
Coaches affirm that there is innate health and wellness in each of our
clients. We hold our clients creative and resourceful. We don't promote or
endorse any single or particular way of achieving or maintaining recovery,
serenity, abstinence, or reducing harm from use. Our focus is on coaching
our clients to create and sustain great and meaningful lives and doing
what it takes to achieve that.
Certified Recovery Coach is a trained professional.
Certified Recovery Coaches are trained to help clients resolve
ambivalence, increase confidence and motivation, and to use a
strengths-based approach to addiction recovery. They really know how to
listen, observe, reflect, motivate and build an effective plan that meets
each individual's needs.
How is a
Recovery Coach different from a sponsor or counselor/therapist?
come from 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Sex Addicts
Anonymous, and Debtor's Anonymous.
Sponsors are not paid professionals; they benefit personally from the
service they give you by staying clean and sober or abstinent themselves.
A sponsor s job is to help their sponsee stay clean, abstinent, or sober
by working through the 12-steps and using the program and fellowship
effectively to stop the addictive behavior. Sponsors have a singleness of
purpose they stick with the steps and traditions. Often the focus is on
cleaning up the past. A coach s job is to support you in creating and
living a great life. A coach isn't limited to using the steps and
traditions and can work with you on your dreams and plans and help you
effectively find solutions to problems.
Coach isn't a representative of a 12-step program.
Recovery Coaching is not affiliated with any 12-step program and does not
promote a particular path or way to recovery. A Recovery Coach can coach
you to find a home group and a sponsor since many Recovery Coaches are
members of twelve-step programs and familiar with the process. One the
other hand, if you dislike 12-step recovery a coach will help you find
Coach challenges and supports their client to make lifestyle changes and
experience a better quality of life.
We have lots of tools in recovery tool kit that can help a person avoid
the frustration that leads to drinking or using or going out again. We
want our clients to avoid relapse and end the cycle of multiple trips to
treatment. We can help our clients be more effective, stay serene, and or
back to center. Recovery Coaches know it is normal for someone in early or
even long term recovery to have a really tough time occasionally. This
doesn't t mean the person needs therapy but they do need more than having
someone say Get over it, or just Keep coming back.
Coaches differ from counselors and therapists
because we do not offer treatment for addiction or mental health problems.
Coaches neither assess addiction nor diagnose. If you have been recently
diagnosed with a mental health problem or are seeking relief from
emotional or psychological pain we will ask that you work with both a
coach and a therapist, or, if you are not ready for coaching, we will make
ethics and guidelines require
that if a client is primarily seeking relief from emotional or
psychological pain they must to be referred to a therapist. Recovery
Coaching works great along with therapy but should not be considered a
substitute for therapy. Coaching focuses on the present and future while
therapy typically focuses on the past. Coaching focuses on establishing
goals and developing a strong community support system while enjoying
quality of life, balance and wellness in recovery.
I just finished treatment what can you do for me?
We can help protect your investment of time and money in
treatment. Rehab is expensive and completing it takes a huge investment of
time and energy. Most people relapse shortly after leaving inpatient
treatment because they have no support transitioning back home. There are
people to face and bills to pay. A Recovery Coach can support you as you
find you way in a new a different life. We can help you figure out what to
say to your family, to your old friends, to your boss or prospective
employer. We can help you find a really good 12-step sponsor or look for
alternative support such as Rational Recovery. We can help you avoid
frustration and isolation. Having a Recovery Coach is a wise investment
that prevents relapse.
Will you coach me through early recovery?
In early recovery the focus in on getting the support you
need to stay in recovery. Research has shown that those getting out of
addiction treatment who attend AA are two times more likely to be sober
three years later than those who don't attend AA. We can help you get home
safely from treatment, find a good meeting, and get hooked up with a
I hate 12-step meetings! Will you coach me?
Of course. AA is not the only way.
There are many roads to addiction recovery and having a good life. We can
help you find alternatives to 12-step programs and develop your own
support system. What is important is that you have companions who honor
your choices and path. What is import is that you become complete with
your past so that you can reach your recovery goals and enjoy quality of
life. Recovery Coaching will help you identify and live the life you want
on your own terms.
I am in long-term recovery what can you do for me?
I love old-timers who have worked the steps a gazillion
times and are ready for something else! Coaching can help you leverage the
strengths you have gained in recovery into something really wonderful.
Coaching will help you get clear about what you want to do with the rest
life and then do it. With a coach at your side you will find the courage
to reach for your dreams.
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