Would it be beneficial for my child to have a recovery coach?
Question: My son is not really involved in any Twelve Step fellowship; he has been struggling with substance use for quite some time now. Would a recovery coach be able to support him like a sponsor or therapist would?
Thank you for asking this question.
One of the greatest qualities of a recovery coach is our originality. As recovery coaches, our position goes beyond the role of a sponsor. We are professionals, but unlike therapists, we have limited clinical requirements. We focus on supporting a person through the various phases of recovery and circumstances that may arise throughout the recovery process. Our role is not limited by sobriety; we support the person who is actively using as well. What allows a coach to build a successful relationship with the person they serve is our devotion without judgment or expectation.
We focus on the now and help navigate through present-moment dilemmas. Unlike a sponsor, who is a nonpaid peer-support person working solely through the Twelve Step fellowship to support a person in sobriety, a recovery coach typically works for an organization, usually is in recovery themselves, and draws on their lived experiences to support the person being served. Whereas a therapist focuses on healing past experiences that impact a client’s present-day living, a recovery coach concentrates mostly on present-moment circumstances in pursuit of future goals.
What I love most about being a recovery coach is the ability to build and maintain relationships with those who have felt alone, unsupported, and outcast. My role as a recovery coach goes far beyond actual recovery. I have worked with adolescents, supporting them through difficulties they face as a teen, such as peer pressure. I have worked with middle-aged people learning how to live without alcohol. Our role allows us to be of service through various sectors. We are found working with the police and the legal systems, with hospitals in emergency rooms, at universities, and in substance use treatment programs. We act as advocates and voices for the people we serve.
I highly recommend researching recovery coaches near you. Also, I would recommend that you, Mom, research a recovery coach for yourself. A family recovery coach is just as influential for you as a substance use disorder recovery coach is for your son. Below I have listed a great site that can connect you with a recovery coach. Best of luck and continue encouraging!
A Daughter’s Perspective
Disclaimer: The above advice is not meant to be construed as medical or legal advice. If you need professional medical, psychological, or legal advice, please contact a doctor, lawyer, or medical center.
Keriann Caccavaro is a recovery coach, drug court advocate, and woman in long term recovery helping to support people struggling with addiction and their families. You can learn more about her on LinkedIn or Facebook.
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