I’ve received extensive training as an Addiction Recovery Coach, which is a relatively new, exciting profession in the addiction recovery field. Addiction Recovery Coaching services fall somewhere between those of an addiction counselor and an A.A. sponsor, although it is neither.
Unlike an addiction counselor, a Recovery Coach’s duties don’t involve mental evaluations or psychological counseling, while an A.A. sponsor’s primary responsibility is to teach A.A.’s 12 Steps, and little more. Simply put, Recovery Coaching focuses not on an addict’s weaknesses, but on his or her strengths. By focusing on a client’s assets and strengths, the Recovery Coach helps people to identify and remove obstacles blocking the path to recovery and assists them in getting their lives back on track. Rather than dictating what the addict needs to do (or not do) in order to remain clean and sober, a Recovery Coach helps the client identify his own strengths, interests and goals. The Recovery Coach then works with the client to create a personalized step-by-step plan to achieve his or her goals. Recovery Coaching is not limited to dealing only with drug or alcohol addiction. We can help with any type of addiction, such as eating disorders, gambling, sex and other addictions.
Thanks to the latest advances in technology, connecting clients with Recovery Coaching services has never been easier. Sessions can be scheduled at a time that suits the client, whether on the road or from the comfort and privacy of one’s own home. All that’s required is a computer and an internet connection. Clients and Recovery Coaches can also communicate via telephone, internet enabled cell phones, e-mail, and text messaging. Recovery Coaching is also a great option for people who feel uncomfortable attending A.A. meetings and offers an affordable alternative for those without health insurance or unable to afford conventional in-patient rehab treatment. Additionally, hiring a recovery coach is a fantastic aftercare service for people who have completed (or soon will) in-patient treatment, as that is the time when relapse is mostly likely to occur. In fact, some traditional rehab clinics now offer Recovery Coaching as an aftercare option for people leaving rehab.
The Recovery Coach doesn’t judge the addict/alcoholic as a person, nor their past. Recovery Coaching can help people struggling with any stage of addiction, whether or not they have received treatment in the past or are considering learning ways to overcome addiction for the first time. We focus only on helping the addict move forward in a positive direction, based on the addict’s interests, talents, skills and strengths. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
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