If one major crisis could be pinpointed in healthcare in the United States during the 21st century, it would be the opioid epidemic. Statistics reveal that opioid overdoses between July 2016 and September 2017 increased by 30 percent in 52 areas of 45 states. Emergency room intervention has saved lives, but can only help until the patient leaves the hospital. Recovery coaches have been added to the team to maintain contact with opioid patients after the hospital intervention, especially during the first year after a life-threatening crisis.
What does a recovery coach do?
Recovery coaches are people who have overcome their own horrific addictions and wish to help others break the grip of drugs. They are trained for a unique kind of intervention that begins where the medical team leaves off. Soon after the patient is stabilized, the recovery coach is by their side, while the patient is still weak and desperate. Often the patient will resist communication, but according to one recovery coach, once the patient realizes they are not the police, the doctor or a mental health professional, that the coach is like them, only further past the life and death crisis, channels of communication can open up.
The coach’s job is to guide the recovering addict in rebuilding a drug-free future. The present and the future are the total focus. There is no judging or questioning, only the chance of a bond with someone who has been where they are and wants to help them come through the long dark tunnel back into the light. A partnership is created by which the person beginning recovery sets goals and the coach shares what he/she has learned that aided in their own success.
Recovery coaches also do the following:
- Serve as a personal mentor and guide for person seeking recovery
- Develop a recovery plan
- Help locate resources for detox, treatment, education, and family, local or online support groups
- Develop an individual/family recovery plan
- Assist in recovery by eliminating obstacles to recovery
Overcoming addiction is a battle, but not one you have to fight alone! Others have been there and stand ready to help. If you or someone you love is in need of recovery from addiction, we are here to help. Don’t hesitate. Our counselors are here 24/7. Give us a call at 855-807-4673.