Perhaps you have heard the terms Recovery Coach, Life Coach, Business Coach or Health Coach, and you may have wondered what do they do? What makes them different from therapists? Would having a recovery coach help in your path to maintaining sobriety?
A coach’s main job is to support a person that is seeking guide and a change in their life, a coach will help you find the focus you need and through his/her own experiences and with the use of different tools and techniques he/she will assist in keeping you in the right path to reach the goals you have set for yourself; in other words, coaches act as mentors and, in the specific case of a recovery coach, promoters of your recovery.
Why Use a Recovery Coach?
The simple answer is: because it’s a lot easier to walk your path and stay in it with a partner that understands what you’ve been through and that can help keep you motivated and remove obstacles to recovery.
Many recovering addicts have come to realize that addiction treatment is often not enough to create long-term recovery. Once you leave inpatient treatment there is a difficult transition back into the day-to-day life, dealing with getting everything “back in track”, trying to make amends, It all takes its toll and it’s not easy to cope and maintain sobriety; even if you attend meetings and even if you have a sponsor, making a full recovery involves a lot more than just staying sober, it requires you taking control of your life again, focusing on your health and your life as a whole.
A recovery coach can be the best investment you make in your road to staying sober and getting your life back in order
The Difference Between a Therapist and a Recovery Coach
This is a quite common question, and in a way, having a coach is a form of therapy, but therapists and coaches have different training and their jobs differ in several aspects.
Therapists are trained professionals who have studied human behavior and emotions, they are licensed to diagnose some mental health problems and in the case of psychiatrists for example, they are also licensed to prescribe certain medications. When it comes to psychologists, they are trained to identify patters and certain habits that affect an individual’s life, they also use specific technics to deal with trauma and promote healing. In some cases, therapists will need to delve into their patients past to find the connection to what is causing a reaction, emotion, or issue.
Coaches also receive training and invest in their education to be able to help their clients, however, a coach cannot “diagnose”, they cannot medicate, their main job is to share their clients’ journeys towards positive change, transformation, healthy habits and lifestyles.
Just as a sports coach’s job is to observe and evaluate his team and bring out the best in it, he works with the strengths of that team, helps the team see and overcome the weaknesses and focuses on motivation and goal achievement, that is exactly the job of a coach in a person’s life. They use their experience and their training to bring out the best version of that person.
The Difference Between Sponsorship and Recovery Coaching
If you are an addict in recovery you probably already have a sponsor or have been advised to get one. A sponsor is someone that will help you walk the 12-steps program, they will share their experience and will try to be there, to prevent you from “falling off the wagon”. Part of being a sponsor is helping others through a process you have already lived, and in this way, you are giving back and contributing with someone else’s recovery.
A sponsor, however, is limited to that, the 12-step program, and does not possess the necessary training or tools to help guide you in a process of growth. The recovery coach as we explained before, works with his/her clients following a holistic approach.
What Tools Can a Coach Provide Me?
A recovery coach can help you work on your coping skills, deal with triggers, create a sober and healthy lifestyle, he/she can also offer a listening ear and hep you work through your questions or the challenges you may be facing at the time. Goal setting is also a tool that a recovery coach can help you with, as well as, motivation to overcome the obstacles and barriers that you will encounter along the way.
The coach is there as a partner, but will also call you on your bad habits, he is there to encourage you but at the same time offer and honest insight of your situation and work with you on a clear plan of action.
So if you are a recovering addict, you will want to evaluate if you need a sponsor, a therapist or a coach or maybe a combination of two of the above; each situation is different and it all depends on the stage you find yourself in.
The information we have provided here should help you figure out if a recovery coach is exactly what you need to move forward with your life and start taking the right steps towards the changes you want to see in your life.
Where Can I Find A Recovery or Life Coach?
Finding the right recovery coach for you is not an easy task, not every coach is right for every person, there needs to be a good partnership between coach and client. So do your homework, make sure the coach you pick has the proper training, both in coaching and addiction, being able to relate and trust your coach is of upmost importance.
The internet is a good place to start, your recovery coach does not necessarily have to live in your same area, technology today allows coaching sessions to be done online, payment can also be done using a variety of online methods.
Do your research, check for references, request an initial meeting so that you can figure out if it will be a right fit for you.
If you are ready to take your first step to transform your life, Omar Pinto Recovery Coaching the right place to start. Contact us or set up a consultation, here.