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What Are Sober Transport and Sober Companion Services?

Sober transport and sober companions can help those in need of assistance during vulnerable points of their recovery. While beginning in sobriety, you may feel alone and lacking support. You may have had to distance yourself from past friends who have triggered or enabled your behaviors. You may also have had to stay in a hospital due to medical issues from your addictive behaviors. Now you need to get somewhere safe upon discharge from the hospital. Staying sober and secure without any support can be difficult. You may feel triggered if you are all alone, or getting to a treatment facility is difficult for you. Sober transport and sober companion services can help you stay safe while transitioning between different stages in your recovery.

Sober Transport Services

You may have relapsed while far away from home. You might have been triggered while on vacation and are now stuck in a different place with no immediate support. You may also be at a wedding or social gathering and need help out of the situation. You might also need someone to help you maintain sobriety during triggering social events. Sober transport services at Camelback Recovery can help you get from an unhealthy or triggering environment to a treatment facility. This service is available to anyone under the influence, yet safe enough to travel and in no need of immediate medical attention. Sober transport services can help you anywhere in the world get to a safe place to begin recovery treatment. Sober transport can also help those traveling who feel vulnerable while in airports or riding in a plane.

Sober transport services can also assist those traveling from one facility to another. If you were placed in a hospital due to harming yourself under the influence, sober transport services could safely get you from the hospital to a treatment facility. Sober transport also helps those involved in the criminal justice system by taking people from jail to treatment. This service can also get you to court for essential hearings when you are struggling to maintain appointments. While in a treatment facility, you may need assistance to get to and from work. If you are currently out of treatment and triggered by “happy hour” after work, sober transport services can help you get safely to and from work as you transition back to everyday life.

Sober Companions

Sober companions are similar to sober transports in how they can help you with your recovery. Where sober transports can drive you from one place to the next, sober companions are for those who need social support without the transportation piece. You may feel lonely during the beginning of sobriety, especially following discharge and completion of a residential treatment program. The initial stages of recovery can leave you feeling vulnerable, as you are now applying the new skills you have learned in treatment to your daily life. You may have had to end past friendships or have damaged other relationships in your life while addicted. Sober companions can help you transition back to normal life following treatment.

Sober companions can accompany you to social gatherings with friends, attend group meetings in the community, go to business meetings when you return to work, or follow-up appointments after completing a treatment program. Your sober companion will remind you to make healthy choices while you re-engage with life and adapt to your sobriety. Sober companions can also encourage and support you in repairing past relationships or making new friends. Sober companions can accompany you on vacations and may even live with you for a brief time.

Recovery and sobriety can be difficult, but living clean and sober is worth it! You might feel alone or uncomfortable using the skills learned during treatment as you transition back to everyday life. Any change, even change for the better, can be difficult without the proper guidance and support. Learning new ways of navigating friendships and relationships can be overwhelming at first. Treatment facilities provide you with structure, support, and accountability. You may find it difficult to quickly leave all those supports behind when you get back to living your life outside of treatment. You might also feel lost or lonely in your former surroundings, having been away in treatment for so long. Sober transport and sober companion services can help ease your transition back to your normal life following treatment by encouraging you in your recovery! Make sure to take advantage of each and every tool out there. In recovery, it never pays to be hasty or take shortcuts, after all. 

 

Sober transport and sober companion services can significantly enhance a person’s success in going back to their lives following time in a treatment facility. Sober living homes and other facilities may require long-term stays, and the return home afterward can be overwhelming. You might feel lonely, lost, or anxious. You might be worried that you will come in contact with people or situations from the past that may have triggered your addictions. Sober transports can help you get to treatment successfully. Sober companions can offer the social support you may need while transitioning back to life. Returning to our lives with a new set of healthy skills and habits is one of the goals of Camelback Recovery; however, we understand that it may be challenging to do this alone. Call us today at (602) 466-9880 to ask about our sober transport and sober companion services!

What Is Recovery Coaching?

A recovery coach helps recovering addicts make decisions and set goals that are personalized for their own journey to sobriety. They can work with those who are still in the midst of addiction or those who have already started their path to recovery.

Recovery coaches are non-clinical, meaning they cannot diagnose medical conditions or offer medical treatment for addiction. Recovery coaches are more action-oriented, helping their clients by consulting with them and motivating them through long-term goals to maintain sobriety.

How Do Recovery Coaches Help?

There are many ways that recovery coaches can help a person in recovery:

  • Providing emotional support
  • Offering companionship
  • Sharing information
  • Strengthening communication
  • Offering lifestyle support
  • Being consistently non-judgmental and flexible
  • Encouraging healthy family relationships
  • Discussing crucial life areas (i.e. family, education, employment, relationships, spirituality)
  • Using peer-based strategies and approaches

A strong support system is absolutely crucial to one’s recovery from addiction. Recovery coaches offer support that is personalized to the individual for the present moment of their recovery as well as for the long-term. Setting goals helps to hold their clients accountable for completing them, moving them forward in a life of sobriety.

Comprehensive Recovery Development Plans

There are various coaching methods that a recovery coach may use to help their clients. The method used will depend on the coach themselves and the needs of the client.

G.R.O.W. Model

This acronym stands for Goals, Reality of the Situation, Options Available, and Write a Recovery Plan. By taking these steps one at a time, it makes the process seem less overwhelming. It can also be tailored to a person’s exact needs.

SMART Model

This model focuses on goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Putting goals into perspective makes them more realistic and easier for the client to see themselves accomplishing them.

Strengths-Based Approach

Recovery coaches can use this model to analyze the strengths of their clients. Rather than focusing on the pathology that brought them to their addiction, the coach can take their known strengths and come up with a recovery plan that is based on those strengths.

Do I Need a Recovery Coach If I Already Have a Sponsor/Therapist/Addiction Specialist?

These three roles in recovery set boundaries to prevent them from getting too close to the recovering addict, and it is strictly a professional relationship:

  • Sponsors have ONE purpose in aiding sobriety. This purpose is to direct a newly-recovering addict or alcoholic through the 12-Step program offered by Al-Anon, Narc-Anon, or another organization. Sponsors are not meant to be advocators, motivators, or lifestyle consultants.
  • Therapists focus more on the client’s past to see how certain events and actions led to a life of addiction.
  • Addiction specialists focus more on biopsychosocial stabilization within a 30 to 90-day plan for recovery.

Recovery coaches, on the other hand, take the skills of these roles and use them to fill in the gaps by being more of an advocate, friend, and ally. They do this by working with the individual to set more personalized goals that can be achieved in the long-term.

Meeting with a Recovery Coach

Depending on your situation, you may meet with your recovery coach once or twice a week for check-ins or have them available 24/7 at a sober living house or other treatment centers. If you only have a couple of check-ins each week, this can be done in person or remotely via video chat or telephone.

These meetings start by learning the person’s history with addiction and seeing how they view their situation. Once this information has been established, the recovery coach can then work with the client to set goals. Over time, the two will figure out what is working and what is not. This way, they can monitor how the individual is progressing in their recovery. The recovery coach can eventually help the recovering individual transition to life without the need for their sessions.

Finding a Recovery Coach

More clinics across the United States are beginning to offer recovery coaching. To find a recovery coach, you can try Telehealth or see what treatment centers in your area offer this service.

Sober living homes may offer a recovery coach to aid in conjunction with the other structures in place for recovery. Homes like Camelback Recovery offer recovery coaching for free when you first begin your stay to see if it would be beneficial to you. Once the trial period has ended, you can decide to continue the recovery coaching with payments.

The cost of a recovery coach varies depending on where you are seeing them. For example, the cost of the service may be factored into your overall bill if you are staying at a sober living home or another treatment facility. The average cost of seeing a recovery coach can range anywhere from $300 per month to $1000 per day depending on your location, needs, and frequency of meetings.

Recovery coaching is a valuable asset to anyone’s journey to sobriety. Knowing your personal strengths and weaknesses and creating a plan based on that information can help you realistically achieve your goals in a timely manner.

You can find recovery coaches at clinics across the United States or at treatment facilities such as sober living homes. Here at Camelback Recovery, we offer a free trial period of recovery coaching to see if it might work for you. To learn more about how you can benefit from a recovery coach, call us today at (602) 466-9880.