A service that is often commenced after one leaves treatment, a sober coach will help by giving additional support in the first few weeks or months of recovery. This can also be used as an alternative when treatment is not an option.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that 40- 60% of people do relapse after treatment. A sober coach will help take some fear out of life after treatment. Many of these coaches are recovered addicts as well and have been in the client's shoes before. Because of this, they can know how to keep a person on the path of recovery. A good sober coach will:
A sober coach is necessary for a person just out of treatment, as the choice to remain sober can be a minute-by-minute struggle. It can help the client deal with situations after treatment such as work or social events that will serve alcohol, a long-time partner leaves them, situations that may make them feel sad or frustrated, or they get fired from a job. Treatment only lasts between 30-90 days, but the the person may have been using for a decade or more. A relapse or urge to use does not always have to be associated with dramatic life events. Some other triggers include the following:
Cravings can also occur suddenly despite how long it has been since they have been sober. Although cravings are commonly a struggle during the early recovery period, they can also recur many years after. A sober coach will help the client manage these cravings early on so they can overcome them later on. Instilling in the person techniques in which they can nip the cravings in the bud and manage powerful emotions during the beginning of their recovery, will give greater chances of them staying sober.
A sober coach will be there for the recovering addict when they feel they can not hold on any longer and the things they learned during treatment flies out the window. They are professionally trained to coach the person in just the simple every day things that the addict may deal with and help them navigate the the difficult day-to-day of being sober. Sobriety coaches are there to listen and encourage, or just be a shoulder to lean on during this unsteady, but rewarding time in the person's life. They also will act as a bridge to other support groups and help show how community and family can help aid in recovery.
The sober coach meets the client one to two days a week or more often in needed. They also can be a daily companion to aid in the person not falling back into use.
Are you or a loved one in need of a sober coach to help you keep accountable and stay on track after treatment? Contact us today and we will put you in touch with one in your area.