What is Recovery Coaching?
The Recovery Coach website aims to give good information to those who are in, or recovering from, life controlling problems. It is often said that for every person that is struggling through addiction, there are 6 (significant) others who are also being affected by the addicts lifestyle. The wider community is also affected. Doctors, counsellors, rehabs, the justice system are all involved. Is it an individual problem or a social problem? Is addiction a chronic relapsing disease, or is free-will involved? These are tough questions with no easy answers
Recovery coaching is a form of strengths-based support for people with addictions or in recovery from alcohol, other drugs, codependency, or other addictive behaviors. Recovery coaches work with people who are in addiction as well as those already in recovery.
Recovery coaches help clients with directing their lives, helping them understand what addiction is and the part addiction or recovery plays in their way forward. Recovery coaches help clients find ways to stop addiction (abstinence), or reduce harm associated with addictive behaviors, or minimise risk. Recovery coaches can help a client find resources for harm reduction, detox, treatment, family support and education, local or online support groups; or help a client create a plan to aid self revovery.
Recovery coaches do not offer primary treatment for addiction, do not diagnose, and are not associated with any particular method or means of recovery. Recovery coaches support any positive change, helping those completing treatment to avoid relapse, build community support for recovery, or work on life goals not related to addiction such as relationships, work, education, finances and health. Recovery coaching has more in common with life-coaching in that it is action oriented, with an emphasis on improving present life and reaching goals for the future that will help clients maintain a drug-free lifestyle.
Recovery coaching is unlike most counselling therapy because coaches do not address the past, do not work to heal trauma, and there is little emphasis on feelings. Recovery coaches are unlike licensed addiction counselors in that coaches are non-clinical and do not diagnose or treat addiction or any mental health issues. But they can often refer clients to those specialist services.
The Recovery Coach website will give you some insights into, understanding addiction, the cycle of change, anger management and setting goals, the therapeutic community and many other features and characteristics of recovery from addiction.