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What is Recovery Coaching and Why Should You Use It?

What is Recovery Coaching and Why Should You Use It?

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Author: Justin Mckibben

What is Recovery Coaching: Description

Recovery Coaching Programs are a strategy utilized in many holistic treatment programs designed to empower each person seeking help for drug or alcohol addictions as both an individual as well as empowering them in their many different roles in life, such as:

  • A partner
  • Parent
  • Sibling
  • Professional

Recovery coaching is accomplished through providing the individual with the information and accountability needed to achieve the results they desire in life and in recovery.

A recovery coach meets with individuals to design their personal recovery strategy providing resources, education and tools to help someone fighting to overcome addiction and create the new life they really want.

Essentially, the main goal of recovery coaching is to offer people more ways to ensure long-term success in recovery and in life beyond recovery.

What is Recovery Coaching: Specifics

Specific strategies for recovery coaching involve safe, effective and proven methods to supporting the plan of action an individual puts in place for their recovery from active addiction. A big part of the recovery journey is finding the best coach, based on the specific goals as well as unique personalities.

You and your Coach will define your future clearly, share positive outcomes, and set goals for the next session.

Recovery coaches have a pretty good list of tactics they use to push this progress:

  • Helping develop a healthy and holistic life vision
  • Identify what has been holding people back from achieving their vision by assessing patterns and belief systems
  • Determine new resources that can be used to achieve the vision
  • Cultivate a plan to make the changes that are deemed necessary on a personal or professional level

Truly effective recovery coaching is always future oriented and always from a position of support.

What is Recovery Coaching: Benefits of coaching

  • Get results
  • Get clarity on your future goals
  • Having a well-devised plan of action
  • Having someone to keep you accountable
  • Help finding new solutions to your challenges
  • Learn from the challenges with a fresh perspective
  • Continued positive reinforcement

What is Recovery Coaching: Coaching vs. Therapy

You may be asking yourself when reading some of the description and benefits of recovery coaching “what is the difference between this and a therapist?”

This is a valid question to ask, and has a valid answer.

Traditional therapy deals with making assessments on mental health and developing new understand of the past. It is more focused on the roots to an individuals personal issues and assists an them in clearing blocks which will place an individual, partnership, or family in a position where they have the skills to live in the present.

Recovery coaching deals with the future. Recovery coaching is so unique and separate from therapy because it is more concerned with taking and individual, family, or partnership from where they are now and moving forward by designing an exciting future leading to true happiness and fulfillment.

So remember, there really is a difference between coaching and therapy. Recovery coaching motivates the person to reach a specific goal or skill, and is based more in accomplishments through new experiences; while therapy aims to heal a physical, psychological or emotional addiction, or other type of unresolved trauma. Both are equally effective and should be utilized at any opportunity for a holistic recovery plan.

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, help is available. Even once intensive interventions have been made in order to start the healing and recovery process, or if someone has already undergone treatment and is in need of continued support, you may consider working with a recovery coach. 

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