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Recovery Coaching

What is a Recovery Coach?

A Recovery Coach is a person who has been professionally trained in life coaching and managing issues of substance or behavioral abuse. Most often he/she has experience being in recovery themselves.

What do Recovery Coaches do?

Recovery Coaches offer support tailored to an individual's changing needs. Types of support include:

  • Emotional Support
  • Informational Support
  • Instrumental Support
  • Companionship

What specific roles might a Recovery Coach have in my own recovery?

  • Motivator/cheerleader - available to positively reinforce actions and behaviors that support a healthy lifetyle
  • Mentor/Soundingboard - provides approriate insight and reflection
  • Confidant - genuinely cares and listens without judgment
  • Problem solver - helps identify and resolve personal or environmental obstacle to recovery
  • Resource broker - links individuals to various resources which might include sober housing, recovery-conducive employment/employment services, health services, and support groups or meetings.
  • Planner - facilitate transition from program directed treatment (inpatient) to personal recovery plan
  • Monitor - process and record response to each approach in order to enhance efficacy and reduce attrition
  • Educator - provide relevant information about the stages of recovery and topics relevant to healthy lifestyle balance
  • Lifestyle consultant/guide - assists in developing supportive habits in daily life, encourages and facilitates activities that enhance life meaning and purpose across religious, spiritual, or secular bounds.
  • Friend - provides sober companionship and a social bridge from the culture of addiction to the culture of recovery

A Recovery Coach is an educator? What would they teach me?

A Recovery Coach IS an educator! They can help you learn to...
  • communicate in positive ways
  • create and maintain healthy boundaries
  • integrate new habits
  • identify opportunities for growth
  • deal with discomfort in recovery
  • identify unhelpful beliefs/thought patterns
  • shift your perspective

What if I already see a therapist or psychologist?

Many clients find it beneficial to work with a therapist or psychologist in addition to a Recovery Coach. In fact, the combination provides an opportunity for clients to explore deepseated issues from their past with a therapist/psychologist and integrate new healthier habits into their life with their Recovery Coach based on some of the insight gained in those sessions.

Frequently, a client will give permission to professionals to communicate with one another about their case. This communication can help both therapist and recovery coach provide more focused and effective support.

How much time do I spend with a Recovery Coach per week? For how long?

Time spent with a Recovery Coach varies with each client. Based on your situation and specifics needs, a plan can be created to accomodate your schedule.

What kind of support is beyond the boundaries of a Recovery Coach?

Recovery Coaches do not provide support in the role of a:
  • Nurse/Physician - they do not provide medical advice or make statements about prescribed drugs beyond the boundaries of their training or experience
  • Therapist/Counselor - they do not diagnose, provide counseling or refer to activities as "counseling" or "therapy", focus on problems/issues/trauma as opposed to recovery solutions
  • Priest/Clergy - they will not promote a particular religion or church, interpret religious doctrine, offer absolution, or provide pastoral counseling

For more information on Megan's role as a Recovery Coach read
"Getting Personal With Recovery Coach Megan Goodrich"