Recovery Support Services
What is Recovery Coaching?
Recovery Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that helps folks who are in or who are considering recovery from addiction to produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses, or organizations — while advancing their recovery from addiction.
Recovery Coaches affirm that there is innate health and wellness in each of our clients. We hold our clients creative and resourceful. We do not promote or endorse any single or particular way of achieving or maintaining sobriety, abstinence, or serenity or of reducing suffering from addiction. Our focus is on coaching our clients to create and sustain great and meaningful lives.
Through the process of Recovery Coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life. In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client toward action. Recovery Coaching accelerates the client’s progress in recovery by providing greater focus and awareness of choices, actions, and responsibility. Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to enjoy a better tomorrow.
The Recovery Coaching process recognizes that results are a matter of the client’s intentions, choices, and actions taken toward building a strong foundation and creating a life worth staying healthy for, supported by the coach’s efforts and application of the coaching process.
*Adapted from ICF Definition of Coaching
What is eCoaching?
eCoaching, an innovative way to help people receive quality recovery support services within the comfort of their own home or office. We utilize a secure/HIPPA compliant video platform through Recovery Suite to meet with you, discuss your Recovery goals and provide peer based recovery support to you at your convenience.
Benefits to eCoaching:
Reduces transportation and childcare barriers.
Expands our service area to anywhere there is a secure internet connection - making Recovery Coaching more available.
Some people are just more comfortable being open with someone when they are not speaking face-to-face.
How is Peer Recovery Coaching different from counseling?
Coaching is intended for those who want to reach a higher level of performance, satisfaction or learning. People who feel they've lost time to addiction are especially eager to do well and enjoy life. They make committed and enthusiastic coaching clients.
Therapy is for those who are seeking relief from emotional or psychological pain. Coaching ethics and guidelines require that if a client is primarily seeking relief from emotional or psychological pain they must to be referred to a therapist. Coaching is often used concurrently with therapy, but should not be considered a substitute for therapy.
Coaching focuses on the present and future, while therapy focuses primarily on the past. In therapy the concern is how unresolved issues are impacting the present. In coaching the question is what can be done today to move the client forward toward their goals and the realization of their vision.
Counseling refers to giving advice, which coaches rarely do. Counseling implies a “one-up” relationship where the counselor is the expert, whereas the coach is neither expert nor authority nor healer; rather, the client is the expert about his or her life. In order to be considered ready for coaching, a coaching client must be healthy and competent enough to co-create the coaching relationship while relating to the coach as a partner.
Coaching can be distinguished from counseling and many other professional relationships in that coaching is based on partnership. Counselors, doctors, and consultants have expert knowledge that they impart in the form of advice, diagnosis, or providing a solution. A coach’s job is to get the client to think! Coaches rarely give advice. They don’t diagnose. Instead, they work with you to come up with your own solutions, to make your own choices, and they support you to stay on track and take the actions that bring about transformation.
Coaches differ from personal helpers such as friends and family, because coaches don’t have a personal stake in the choices clients make. Coaches aren’t affected by what the client does or doesn’t do the way family and friends are. That means that coaches can be more objective, unbiased and impartial. Coaches work with clients just as they are in the present moment. They aren’t influenced by the client's past, and they don’t have preconceived ideas about who the client is. Coaches take their clients just as they are right now and help them find out how the client would like to be different in their life. And then they coach the client to achieve it!
*Adapted from the writings of William White
How is Peer Recovery Coaching different than having a Sponsor?
Sponsors come from 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Sex Addicts Anonymous, and Debtors Anonymous.
Sponsors are not paid professionals; they benefit personally from the service they give you by staying clean and sober or abstinent themselves.
A sponsor’s job is to help their sponsee stay clean, abstinent, or sober by working through the 12 steps and using the program and fellowship effectively to stop the addictive behavior. Sponsors have a singleness of purpose—they stick with the steps and traditions. Often the focus is on cleaning up the past.
A coach isn’t limited to using the steps and traditions and coaches don’t focus on the past. Recovery Coaching is not affiliated with any 12-step program and does not promote a particular path or way to recover. However, many recovery coaches are members of 12-step programs and have both a sponsor and a coach! A coach’s job is to challenge and support their client as they make lifestyle changes and begin to have a better quality of life.
How do I get my own Recovery Coach?