Addiction Recovery Coaching is a great method of strengths-based support for persons with addictions or in recovery from alcohol, other drugs, codependency, or other addictive behaviors. Addiction Recovery coaches work with persons with active addictions as well as persons already in recovery. 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. The focus is on coaching and working with others to create and sustain great and meaningful lives while discovering tools and healthy alternative methods to do so. Recovery coaching is helpful for making decisions about what to do when at the crossroads with life and the part that addiction or recovery plays. It's about discovering a process which will help individuals find ways to stay stopped from active addiction, or reduce the many harms associated with active addictive behaviors or behaviors when things just feel out of sink! Recovery coaching is solution based and can also offer resources for harm reduction, detox, treatment, family support and education, local or online support groups; or assist, help and support clients to create effective plans of action and a "change plan" to begin recovering on their own.
This process IS NOT clinical therapy because coaches do not necessarily address the past, do not necessarily work to heal trauma, and it's not entirely focused on negative feelings or staying stuck. It's about getting on with life and moving forward. While it may be important to address the past which will come up enough if the client is also doing traditional step work (a Recovery Coach may also take you through the steps doing traditional step work), the coaching process will be more forward action oriented and about discovering alternative healthy habits, stress reduction methods, relaxation techniques and is more having to do with confidence building. Recovery coaches support any positive change, helping persons coming home from treatment to avoid relapse, build community support for recovery, or work on life goals not related to addiction such as relationships, work, education etc. Recovery coaching is action oriented with an emphasis on improving present life and establishing and setting up realistic short-term and long-term goals with the tools and support for reaching those goals, with an approach done "One Day at a Time".
Recovery Coaching is a process offering support while achieving and maintaining a solid foundation in an individualized recovery plan, and building upon the building blocks and creating a solid foundation for recovery to achieve other life goals that make recovery worthwhile.
The process is an on-going professional relationship with real and practical support that will help those in recovery from addiction to produce extraordinary results in their Life Style with a Holistic Health Care approach to make all aspects better in one's life; Spiritually, Mentally, Emotionally, and Physically. It's a process about staying connected, grounded, centered and moving forward. Recovery is a process... If there is a slip, a crack in the boat, then the solution is to fix it! We don't need to spend hours upon hours wondering how the crack in the boat showed up, deciphering how much damage we caused by not addressing it sooner. Simply, "quick-fix" it, forget about the slip, get to dry land and then do a complete overhaul and move forward.
Through the process of Recovery Coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance in all areas of their lives, and enhance their overall quality of life by achieving a greater sense of balance while also finding and implementing new and better coping skills. In these coaching sessions (whether on the phone or in person), the session is client focused depending on the current event and a proposed solution-based action plan. The coach works as your support team, your cheer leader, your sponsor (not in the traditional sense), the coach listens and contributes observations, feedback, questions, possible outcomes and viable solutions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client toward action. Recovery Coaching is an on-going process ideally; it accelerates the client’s progress in recovery by providing greater focus and awareness of the many healthy choices, plans of action, alternative behaviors as well as holding the client accountable and responsible for their own journey and outcomes. The focus is on where the client is right now, and where they want to be at the next step.
There is an agreement that the Recovery Coaching process recognizes that results are a matter of the client’s intentions, choices, motivations, level of commitment and actions taken toward building a strong foundation and creating a life worth staying healthy for, supported by the coach’s efforts and applications of the coaching process.
Recovery coaches are unlike licensed addiction counselors or mental health professionals in that coaches are non-clinical and do not diagnose or treat addiction or any mental health issues. Again, Recovery coaches do not offer primary treatment for addiction, do not diagnose, and are not associated with any particular method or means of recovery.