To really understand the value of recovery coaching, we need to understand peer recovery coaching. Recovery coaching is a strengths-based support for people with addictions — alcohol, other drugs, codependency, or other addictive behaviors. It is action driven with an emphasis on improving present life and reaching goals for the future. Recovery coaches can help clients find resources for harm-reduction, detox, treatment, family support, education, spiritual guidance, and local or online support groups. Recovery coaches can even help a person create a plan for change which they can execute on their own or together.
Traditionally, people have been told in rehab that, in order to recover, they must attend 90 meetings in 90 days and tell all their life issues to someone they do not know. Then, they are sent back into the addictive world they came from alone. This scary approach leads to a very high re-occurrence of the disease.
Recovery coaches work with the recovering person and show them that there is a good life outside of addiction. How do we do this? We reflect how the coach stays clean/sober and walk side by side with them. Coaches, through action planning, help guide the recovering person to set personal goals, both short and long-term. Generally, each week, we follow up with this person, reviewing how well they are implementing each goal into their new life’s journey. During the weekly review, we also work with them to see if their goals are allowing them to accomplish improvement in a significant way.
Recovery Coaching’s objective is to be the go-to person when an individual needs help staying free from addiction and living life on life’s terms. Coaches accomplish this through mutual honesty and respect. This approach allows us to help them with all life issues, not just addiction. Sometimes, people who struggle with addiction have never had to take care of the simple life’s responsibilities we take for granted, such as checking accounts, bank accounts, alarm clocks, and many more everyday skills.
The true value of a recovery coach for the recovering addict is they now have someone with similar life experiences walking with them on their new recovery journey. Not just a doctor or therapist, but someone with empathy who truly understands the addictive pain. Generally, their coach is the first person they can be honest with and will treat them with respect, and a coach does not judge them. The main goal is to demonstrate that a full, meaningful life in recovery is possible and worth working hard for.
As a recovery coach myself, I have seen how successful this model can be in creating long-lasting, contented recovery. The bottom line is, walking hand in hand with someone as a recovery coach creates great results.
About The Author
Joseph Chevere, is a Certified Recovery Coach. He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Celebrate Hope Center, as well as a Pastor in Staten Island, New York.
Joseph helped establish the Celebrate Hope Center to address the drug epidemic in Staten Island, NY. In the process, the CHC has raised a staff of Certified Recovery Coaches and Certified Recovery Peer Advocates. They have also established 12 Step groups for those in recovery and support groups designed for families impacted by addiction called B.A.M., (Begin Again Ministry).
Joseph says, "Our approach at the Celebrate Hope Center is to bring a clear understanding to the question, where does recovery and faith in God (Jesus Christ) as our higher power meet? This is what has given me over 30 years of freedom from addiction and has been the key for me being a productive individual in all areas and seasons of life."
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