What is a Recovery Coach?
A recovery coach is a non-clinical specialist who provides as a personal guide and mentorship with the recovering individual and their family. In addition, they provide strength-based support about life choices. The priority is assisting in ways to help them not pick up a drink, substance or other codependent and addictive behaviours.
A Recovery Coach can be referred to in several terms:
- Sober Coach
- Sober Companion
- Recovery Support Specialist
- Family Recovery Coach
- Virtual Recovery/Sober Coach
Essentially all the titles above do the same thing. The role is to help keep the recovering addict on the right path into living a healthy life. Moreover, the family and addict deserve to live a healthy life in recovery. Sober Coaches work with those still struggling with addiction, as well as clients that are in a recovery program.
What does a Sober Coach do?
With relation to the substance and other addictive behaviours, a Sober Coach will be able to work with a traditional 12 step program, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, as well as a non 12 step program. Everybody recovers differently and it is up to the Coach to determine what works best for their client. This is a process as they develop a connection with them through full transparency.
A life coach aspect is also part of recovery coaching. Sober coaches help find resources for detox, treatment centres, family support, education, employment, local or on-line support groups and any other resources specific to the clients’ unique needs.
A successful, dependable and reliable sober coach will have been through addiction themselves and come out the other side living a successful life of recovery. They are with their clients every step of the way and is a unique setting that clients most likely will not receive from a counsellor, therapist, sponsor or medical professional. Recovery/sober coaches go above and beyond as they are walking alongside their client every step of the way; for both professional and personal.