With the rising awareness of addiction and increased need for addiction treatment, recovery coaching has emerged. A recovery coach is a volunteer or professional who works with you and your family to develop a recovery plan and stay on track with it. They work just like a sports coach by developing strategies, making plans, and providing constructive criticism in the game of recovery.
A recovery coach can help you stay on track by:
• Developing Plans to Meet Your Goals
When you first start working with your recovery coach, he or she will ask you what your goals are for recovery (e.g. get a job, enroll in school, develop a better relationship with your family, work a good program, etc.). Then, he or she will use his or her expertise to develop a customized plan to meet those goals.
• Providing Motivation
Your recovery coach will provide motivation by encouraging you to meet your goals, checking with you to make sure you are taking the right courses of action, and providing guidance when he or she feels you could use some help on your path.
• Help You Build a Support System
A support system is vital in your recovery. There are many programs to choose from (e.g. Alcoholics’ Anonymous, Narcotics’ Anonymous, SMART Recovery, Life Ring Secular Recovery, Women for Sobriety, etc.). Your recovery coach can help you choose a program and homegroup that is right for you.
• Help you Apply the Tools of Recovery
Applying the tools of recovery into your daily life can be difficult. Your recovery coach will use their evidence-based knowledge of addiction and recovery to help you apply those tools. A recovery coach is also a great person to reach out to on a bad day.
What a Recovery Coach is Not
A recovery coach is supposed to act like a best friend who provides guidance and motivation for your recovery. Therefore, it is important to find a recovery coach that you are comfortable with. However, a recovery coach is not an addictions counselor or medical professional. If you suspect that you may be suffering from a serious mental health disorder, your recovery coach will not be able to diagnose or treat you. You must see the appropriate professional. If you are dealing with more complex emotional or life adjustment issues, a recovery coach alone may not suffice. You may have to work with both a recovery coach and a counselor.
A recovery coach is also not a sponsor. A sponsor is a friend that you meet from a recovery program that can guide you through working that particular program for no cost. On the other hand, a recovery coach is a trained professional who may even charge you a fee for his or her services.
Having a recovery coach is a great source of help for starting a new life in recovery. Contact one today at 855-807-4673 to get started on reaching your recovery goals.