People with severe Addiction and Behavioral Health challenges are often so deeply entangled in a philosophy of addiction that they frequently require continued support disengaging from this culture and entering an alternative philosophy of long-term recovery. A Recovery Coach is the most effective technique to transition clients from recovery initiation to a lifelong pursuit in recovery preservation. Consulting, motivating and enhancing long-term support theories is the primary emphasis a Recovery Coach makes all while identifying goals and engaging and encouraging clients.
A Recovery Coach may use one or a multitude of comprehensive recovery development plans. These may include but are not limited to the G.R.O.W. model, the SMART model and/or a Strengths-Based Personal Recovery model. The G.R.O.W. model focuses on Goals, the Reality of the situation, Options available for the client and then Writes a recovery plan. The SMART model focuses on goals which are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant to the client’s situation and an agreement on Timely goal setting for a client’s achievement. A Strengths-Based approach focuses on the client’s strengths and not the pathology which brought them into their current situation. All three models are successful methods for sustaining long-term recovery.
“I have a sponsor and have been through treatment, why should I incorporate a Recovery Coach?” A sponsor’s singular purpose is simply to direct the newly recovering addict through the 12-step principles of AA/NA. A sponsor is not an advocate, a motivator or lifestyle consultant. The addiction specialist coordinates a 30 to 90-day focus on critical biopsychosocial stabilization. An addiction specialist also sets riged boundaries which prevent a friendship or an ally role for a client. The Recovery Coach shines by facilitating recovery through all stages in the process of sustaining a lifetime of long-term recovery. The Recovery Coach role further enhances the dimensions between the addiction specialists and sponsors by encompassing the scope of setting personally achievable life goals and rebuilding fragmented family & friend relationships. A Recovery Coach is an advocate, problem solver, role model, lifestyle consultant, friend, ally and motivator. A Recovery Coach truly bridges these gaps between a sponsor and an addiction specialist