What Is A Recovery Coach?
A Recovery Coach is a non-clinical person who helps people seeking recovery from addictions remove personal and environmental obstacles to recovery. They connect the newly recovering person to the recovery community, and serves as a personal guide and mentor in the management of personal and family relationships. Recovery coaching is a form of strengths-based support for people with addictions or in recovery from alcohol, other drugs, co-dependency, or other addictive behaviours. They work with people who have active addictions, as well as those already in recovery.
Recovery Coaches encourage and support any positive change, helping people coming home from treatment to avoid relapse, build community support for recovery, or work on life goals not related to addiction such as relationships, work, or education. Recovery coaching is action-oriented with an emphasis on improving present life and reaching future goals.
Recovery Coaches are helpful for making decisions about what to do with one's life and the part addiction or recovery plays in it. They help clients find ways to stop addiction (abstinence), or reduce harm associated with addictive behaviours. A Recovery Coach can help a client find resources for harm reduction, detox, treatment, family support and education, local or online support groups; and help a client create a recovery plan to suit their circumstances and lifestyle.
There are a number of complex factors all at play if you have an addiction to alcohol or drugs. You may have a chemical dependency, but there will also be underlying emotions and habits that have developed over many years.
Untangling this complex web and overcoming your challenges is extremely hard when you do it alone. Having someone to talk to, to support you and guide you will benefit you enormously and that is what a Recovery Coach does.