Recovery Coaching is not a new concept, though in recent years, it has become more widely accepted in addiction treatment. Recovery coaches are there to focus on long-term success. While treatment is a short-term stay in a center or at an outpatient program, recovery coaches help you use the tools you learn along the way and build them into your everyday life.
Peer Recovery Coaches are people with lived experience in mental health, substance use, or both. Recovery Coaches are there to walk alongside you, not acting as a sponsor or a therapist, but rather someone to hold you accountable and guide you to resources and tools to help you in your recovery journey. Your Recovery Coach can help you create a plan that is individualized for you based on your strengths and interests. You have the autonomy to add and take away whatever you deem necessary, as it is your recovery, not theirs.
It is important that you find a Recovery Coach that meets you where you are at, not attempting to alter your recovery course or do it “their way.” Everyone’s recovery looks different and whatever works for you is what is important, not what worked for them. If there was only one solution to addiction, we wouldn’t need as many treatment centers or workers in the world, because one would work for all, but that is not the case.
Peer recovery coaching is a proven model to help you on your way to finding long-term recovery. A Recovery Coach’s goal is to help provide as many tools to arm yourself with as you can, that way you can find success. Your journey is yours to create!
By John Ingham, Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer, Recovery Club America