The concept of Recovery Coaching has been utilized for years but it is just recently being brought back into mainstream recovery. There are so many different ways people use the term Recovery Coach and ways organizations employ people with this title. At RealYou Revolution we believe a Recovery Coach is someone who has gone through their own journey with addiction and can use that experience to assist others in moving through the recovery process. We believe therapists, sponsors, and professional recovery coaches are the foundational trifecta critical in helping people turn their life around. Below are just a few ways a coach makes the difference:
1) Navigating the Recovery World – Recovery Coaches can get to know you and figure out which methods of treatment might be the best for you to start off with. They also typically have connections within the Substance Use Disorder field and can assist with admissions and insurance challenges. A good recovery coach will continue to stay in touch with treatment centers throughout the process and adjust course accordingly along the way. They will also be the one solid link in the continuum of care, for example, guiding the client from detox to inpatient to outpatient to sober living, etc.
2) Around the Clock Availability – Because Recovery Coaches are not therapists’ restricted by state licensure, and they are not sponsors who kindly donate their time, they should be available 24-7 when a client is in need. This means if you are concerned about using at 1:00am and call your Recovery Coach, you should be able to expect them to answer for support. This is a invaluable resource in the early stages of sobriety.
3) Family Support – Addiction is a family disease. Whether the issues are from past family troubles or the family has just gotten sick with the addicted person, there is ALWAYS work to be done here. What good is it to send your child to treatment and not expect assistance for the rest of the family? A strong Recovery Coach will identify where the work needs to be done and connect the family with the proper resources. Coaches can also assign specific activities for various family members to work on in accordance with areas needing attention.
4) Power of Example – A Recovery Coach should be all of the things that one aspires to be. While no one is perfect, a strong coach will be healthy, fit, confident, happy, and well balanced. There are obvious benefits to spending time with a coach who has their life together, who is thriving day to day, and is a living breathing example of what is possible in recovery. Putting down the drink or drug may be enough for some, but it is not TRULY living in recovery where one is growing and learning at all times and reaching their highest potential.
5) Judgment Free Zone – Many people who struggle with addictive behaviors also have issues with beating themselves up and self worth. What they aren’t used to is unconditional listening and support. A Recovery Coach is a safe person the client can trust and go to for anything. If a client relapses, their recovery coach should be one of their first calls knowing it will provide the assistance needed and not a scolding. There is a time and a place for everything and coaches understand this well.
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Tonight on the news there was a report about 1 in 10 binge drinkers only being "problem drinkers" and not "alcoholic". As I have always said, in the end for me, I was sick of trying to "define" if I was or wasn't an alcoholic. It was about me knowing that I deserved more from the world and the world deserved more from me. Forget stats and definitions, each and every one of us knows deep down if we are being %100 honest with ourselves or not. For me, regardless of everything I lost in early sobriety, I still was able to wake up (for the first time in my life) knowing I was true to myself. It didn't matter what worked or didn't work for anyone else. The lies and justifications I told myself were NOT working towards me living to my highest potential. In my mind, that is addiction, as Tommy Rosen says "Any behavior that you continue to engage in despite the negative consequences that the behavior leaves in its wake". And that's accurate enough for me. People can call it what they want, and they can also choose to exist for their entire life in a fog. But I have decided that's not for me, and I couldn't be more grateful that I took that leap of faith.
If you are looking for help on an intervention, or learning how to overcome addiction, call or email us today! 774-329-4393 Danielle@realyourevolution.com
One of my favorite gurus, Robin Sharma, has talked about his Forced Optimization Strategy (FOS), forcing ourselves into doing the things we need to do in the beginning of forming a new habit (when it is most difficult) instead of relying on willpower. As an example he suggests hiring a personal trainer 3 times a week to come knock on your door and get you working out. There is no way to fail here. I believe recovery coaching and sober companions are exactly the same. When you commit and invest in having someone who has battled and overcome addictive behaviors hold you accountable and help get you where you need to be, it is far more difficult to fail. I don’t care if you think you aren’t exhibiting the signs of alcoholism according to a survey you saw online. If there is something in your life that you feel is holding you back from reaching your highest potential, its time to get in recovery mode. I say it time and time again; everyone needs a therapist and a coach if they really want to live life to its fullest…one to deal with the past and the other to get you where you want to go. What are you waiting for!?!
about the master coach
Danielle, the Founder & Master Coach of RealYou Revolution, is a woman in long term recovery with a passion for helping others overcome their own personal demons – whatever they may be.