Peer counselors, sober companions, and life coaches – recovery coaches are often called by these names and they may offer some of the same services. It all depends on the recovery coach and the needs of the person they are serving.
The primary goal of a recovery coach? To help an addicted person remain dedicated to their recovery after they leave drug rehab. Would your loved one benefit from a recovery coach as he rebuilds his life in sobriety?
The Need for Extra Help After Rehab
An estimated 40 to 60 percent of heroin addicts relapse in the first year after treatment. Intensive aftercare support is recommended as a result – a combination of services defined by the patient’s strengths and weaknesses in recovery as well as his long-term goals. A recovery coach can be the glue that adheres the aftercare support measures to the patient, holding him personally accountable for his choices and helping him to recognize when he’s starting to veer off track long before it leads to a relapse.
Recovery coaches may:
- Accompany the patient to places where they may feel tempted to use
- Maintain tabs on the patient via GPS tracking and notify them when they are in areas where drugs are commonly sold
- Check in with them regularly, even multiple times a day, to assess their emotional state and strategize on how to deal with stressors
- Assist with day-to-day needs like applying for jobs, gathering identification documents (e.g., Social Security card, driver’s license, birth certificate, etc.), applying for vocational or college programs, and finding a place to live
- Help the patient to choose specific therapies, treatments, and wellness support services to improve growth in recovery
Robert Lubran is the director of the Division of Pharmacologic Therapies at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). He told WBUR: “This is an evolving field. [We are] learning more and more about the best ways to treat addiction and certainly the use of peer counselors, or peer coaches, has become more and more widespread.
Finding the Positive in Recovery
Often, a recovery coach’s primary service is to continually redirect the person in recovery to focus on the positive as opposed to dwelling on the negative. It’s no small thing, nor is it an easy feat. It is easy for those in early recovery to be thrown off balance by day-to-day stressors or stumbling blocks that appear as they attempt to rebuild their lives. Learning to continually reframe negative experiences in order to hone in on their positive gifts can be the most effective weapon against relapse.
Learn more about what it takes to beat addiction and how we can help set up your addicted loved one for success in recovery when you contact us at Alta Mira today