The chemical dependency issues that affect the addict are always visited on the family.
They manifest themselves in different ways, but the devastation can be just as traumatic. In many instances, the family is quite aware that something is wrong, in spite of the efforts of the using member to hide all the facts.
Often, families come together to hold an “intersession” which is designed to begin an open conversation; pulling the covers, so to speak, making the addict or alcoholic aware that everyone knows, cares and wants to help. This is better done with a professional present, or a strong member of a related 12-step group, ie AA, CA or NA.
In many instances, the addicted family member rebukes the idea of a rehab in-patient program, citing reasons that this cannot be done “at this time”.
In order to prevent complete failure of the intervention, a Sober Coach can be arranged by the family. With most Sober Coaches being in recovery themselves, they can provide a valuable, effective dialogue while being less susceptible to the excuses and emotions of the addict
The Recovery Coaching system includes:
- Regularly scheduled sessions
- Targeted referrals to detox, treatment, 12-step meetings, etc.
- Planning strategies based on the concerns of the addict and the family
- A stable, consistent contact throughout the entire recovery process and into life after addiction
A Sober Coach should practice the same standards of Professional Ethics as does the rest of the mental health industry. This includes strict confidentiality, Right to Treatment, Information Release choices, as well as a complete intake and fact-finding session.
Sober Coaches are very often employed by, and paid by family members, as the typical addict usually cannot afford services. Part of the coaches’ planning, however, includes accountability. We do encourage the addict or alcoholic to become responsible for his or her own recovery. This often takes time, as it is worked into the life-planning stage of our work. Insurance “may” cover our services, but would be on a reimbursement basis. Sober Coaches are always paid in advance. Family can pay for services, as can a friend or an employer.
The terms Sober Coach and Sober Companion are often used interchangeably. However, there are differences:
Sober Coaches meet regularly in “sessions” and provide support, planning strategies, hold accountability, and perform other scheduled services
Sober Companions stay with the addict or alcoholic up to 24/7 for periods of time ranging from a few days to several months and includes many features of the Coach.
Sober Coaches and Companions are not therapists, counselors, or sponsors, and they should never be confused with them. Each discipline has a place within the continuum of service. The relationship between the coach and the client could continue for months or years, as the coaches duties have so much to do with actual life-planning and support, However, the job of the coach really boils down to helping the client to learn life skills and then working with them to become self-sufficient and independent.
Please consider using me as your choice of a Sober Coach. I will work diligently towards sobriety for the alcoholic or addict in your family, while maintaining the strictest confidentiality for you and your family.
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