- David Marion
How to Choose the Right Recovery Coach to Conquer Addiction
Choosing a recovery coach is a critical decision. In fact, it's among the most critical decisions you’ll make on your journey to clean and meaningful life.
What does a Recovery Coach do?
Recovery coaches help make the process easier and boost your chances of staying in recovery beyond one year. For many, it’s the difference between recovering and not recovering.
They understand what addiction is and how it affects people. Coaches have the skill and experience to help you navigate the addiction treatment world and engage in recovery in a motivated way.
Plus, recovery coaches can walk you through hard-hitting cravings, reduce relapses by spotting the signs before a relapse occurs and accompany you to treatment- and recovery-related activities.
The Role of a Recovery Coach
Let’s be clear. Recovery coaches aren’t therapists. Nor are they sponsors or peers. They’re trained professionals with the tools and know how to help transition from addiction to recovery.
Often, coaches use a model similar to harm reduction and motivational therapy. This approach encourages positive actions designed to help you achieve a successful recovery.
But choosing a recovery coach is a challenge. There’s no “one size fits all” approach. Instead, you want a recovery coach that fits your specific needs.
7 Questions to Find the Right Recovery Coach for You
Below are seven questions you can use to help choose the right recovery coach for you. Asking them when interviewing potential recovery coaches can help you choose the right one:
Why aren’t treatment providers enough?
What do you consider recovery?
What skills do you bring to the job?
What experience do you have with a person in recovery?
What experience do you have working with addicts in crisis?
How would you handle a situation that didn't go as planned?
How would you deal with a client breaking the rules?
Shifting Your Thinking to Break Barriers
One of the keys to a successful coaching experience is helping you to remove the personal, social, and environmental barriers to success.
That’s imperative for recovery.
Coaches also help you shift your thinking away from limited either-or choices to other options and opportunities. Some personal skills and traits to look for in a personal recovery coach include:
Accepts your situation
Is aware there are several pathways to recover
Allows you to choose your most appropriate path
Nudges you toward self-empowerment
Helps you stay in the present and focus on the future
Is highly action- and solutions-oriented
Is collaborative, not authoritative
Helps you build responsibility and accountability for your recovery
Helps you become your own rescuer
Teaches you to question faulty thinking and patterns of relapse
These are just some of the essential qualities recovery coaches should have. Above all, recovery coaches need to view you as a whole person with viable options for recovery.
Finding a recovery coach that fits your needs and has the skills and qualities mentioned above is easier said than done.
You need to do your homework to find the right coach.
But the effort Is worth it.
He or she can help make your recovery easier and boost your chances of extending it well beyond your first year.
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