Peer Support Specialist
We Recover Together
When a patient leaves residential rehabilitation they need to bring the life-skills they have learned in residential rehab back to their home environment and everyday lives. For some people this can give rise to a different set of difficulties and challenges, and it helps to have a network of support at hand, including mutual-aid groups, an AA or NA sponsor, or a professional therapist. Increasingly people in early recovery are also turning to recovery coaches to help achieve long term recovery. Recovery Coaching is a form of strengths-based support for persons with addictions or in recovery from alcohol, other drugs, codependency, or other addictive behaviors. Recovery coaches work with individuals with active addictions as well as those already in recovery.
The Role of a Recovery Coach:
Encouragement: A coach will always hold that their client is naturally resourceful and whole; that they have within them the ability to do what they need to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.
Continuing Skills: A coach can help the individual see how they can transfer their skills that have enabled their survival until now, into skills for life in recovery.
Empowerment: A coach will help their client to appreciate where they have done well, and what their strengths are, to empower them in their recovery.
Goal Orientated: They will assist in developing achievable goals, figuring out and taking the steps towards these goals in all areas of their lives.
Although coaching is different from therapy, it is still very therapeutic. While therapy might focus on dysfunction, diagnosis, symptoms or the past, coaching focuses simply on people being their best in the present and in service of the future. A coach will partner with their client in being responsible for their own life, and facilitate them being their very best; holding them accountable to integrating their learning from mistakes and other life lessons – something addicts find difficult to do alone – having a tendency to repeat the same mistakes over and over again, expecting different results.