Recovery Coaches can help the recoveree navigate the treacherous path of early recovery. They provide a bridge between the safe and secure world of inpatient treatment to the real world where all the old temptations lie in wait, ready to sabotage your recovery.
Recovery Coaches work with their recoveree to help them establish habits and behaviors that encourage and reinforce a healthy lifestyle. They also help them connect with the local recovery community to find the resources they need to support them along their recovery path.
- Appropriate twelve-step meetings or other support groups
- Therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and other medical support staff
- Outpatient programs that ensure clients get an appropriate level of support
- A gym, yoga studio, or athletic activity groups, such as a running or cycling club
- A sponsor or guide to take them through their recovery support programs.
The goal of a Recovery Coach is to allow the client to find their own niche in the recovery world, reminding and encouraging them to have fun and explore new activities that are healing and supportive.
A Recovery Coach is not an AA sponsor. They possess many characteristics of a good sponsor, but a Recovery Coach does much more. Assessing what the recoveree’s needs are and recommending more than one suitable option is just the beginning.
Unlike a volunteer sponsor, a Recovery Coach is a professional who works for the recoveree . They will help you devise a plan with realistic daily goals, help keep you accountable to it, and continually reassess and adjust as you progress.
A good Recovery Coach leads by example. They share what’s worked in the past and what’s working now. They relate on a personal level with the recoveree, meeting them exactly where they are, spiritually, mentally and physically. They not only help recoverees stay sober but also show them how to be happy and enjoy their sobriety.