We’ve arrived into a new century, a revolutionary new approach called Recovery Coaching is now finding its place in the addiction recovery community. It not only helps those in any stage of recovery move toward their goals but also provides the opportunity for doing so with purpose and direction.
Having worked in the addictions field for many years as part of my psychotherapy practice for best personality test, it was a natural fit for me to specialize in Recovery Coaching. Witnessing a clients from staying calm and clean that is whom eager to change and develop a better,satisfying and more happily living the life. This way of coaching fills the needs of the client and gives gap between psychotherapy and sponsorship by offering a future-focused, strengths-based approach. Your sponsor holds you accountable for working the twelve steps. Your therapist helps you understand and work through the reasons for your addiction. Your Recovery Coach partners with you to define the life you want for yourself and guides you through the action steps to achieve it.
As a coach, I began to notice how recovering addicts are different from the typical life coaching client. And this is what I found. If a client is in early recovery, goals need to be broken down into bite-size pieces so the client can experience what it feels like to succeed. By creating successful building blocks, clients experience their core strengths and capabilities. If a client is further along in recovery, coaching moves faster and goals become bigger.
Here is an illustration of how Recovery Coaching works in early recovery. Michelle looked like a devoted mom and wife in public, but behind closed doors things were different. This pretense have ended in one afternoon that when she was found unconscious after another round of drinking binge. Friends and family checked her into an exclusive Malibu treatment center for the third time in seven years. In the past, she’d attended 12-step meetings supported by therapy after discharge, but with this time that coaching was being added into her aftercare plan. With traditional therapy, unconventional process fosters gives hope to people and personal with accountability. As a result of the future-focused, action-oriented nature of Recovery Coaching, Michelle has now been sober for the longest time since she began drinking at age sixteen. In fact, her recovery has been so life-changing she is now a successful woman who’s studying in becoming a best chemical dependency counselor that she can be.
Recovery Coaching improves quality of life through awareness, insight and taking practical action. As a result of creating a way better and more meaningful life, In coaching, this will helps reduce vulnerability for people to relapse. Treatment centers from around the country are hungry for innovative techniques and strategies–coaching brings their clients fresh, new tools especially helpful during the transition from treatment to home.
Sometimes recovery issues will be a focal point and sometimes they will be only be part of the coaching experience. The agenda is always up to the client to decide what gets discussed or not and the coach of motivation is never in the role of sponsor or therapist. For instance, not all clients will choose to follow a twelve-step approach and a Recovery Coach never dictates which path a client chooses as long as the client’s goals are supported by their choices and actions along the way.