How do Sober Coaches work?
The phrase "sober coach" is rather recent. Whatexactly is a sober coach, and maybe more importantly, do they aid in sobrietymaintenance? According to the Association of American Medical College, morethan 21 million adults in the United States suffer from a substance usedisorder. However, there are only 3,000 doctors qualified to treat them.
But what precisely is a "sober coach," and can oneaid in sobriety? It's crucial to know who you can rely on for support becauseaddiction can be a life or death scenario. Studies suggest that having a solidsupport network outside of therapeutic care can aid in recovery. Can sobercoaches function well in this support system?
One who works as a sober coach gives one-on-one help topeople who are just beginning their recovery from addiction. Though they arenot usually the same, the term "sober coach" can also refer to any ofthe following:
- A sober friend
- A recovery coach
- A sobriety trainer
These expressions are frequently used interchangeably.Understanding that the terms "sober coach" and "otherterms" are not precisely defined and that precise definitions appear tovary from person to person is vital. The services offered by one sober coachand another sober coach may differ significantly.
WHY WORK WITH A SOBER COACH?
One in five of the millions of Americans with substanceaddiction problems, according to the 2018 National Survey of Substance AbuseTreatment Centers, don't know where to turn for assistance. Only a smallpercentage of doctors have advanced training in treating addiction and relatedconditions, as was previously indicated. More assistance is always needed forthose who struggle with addiction. There is a need for more specialists who canrecognize, assist, and treat those who have addiction problems. The holes mightbe filled in part by sober coaches.
One or more of the services that sober coaches may offer is:
- Initial treatment strategy involving rehab, recoveryresidences, and aftercare strategies
- After leaving a treatment facility, transportation tosupport services is provided.
- Provide 24-hour care or be on call. Support relapse.Assist in establishing new routines.
- Serves as an advocate for the recovering individual
- Interacts with family and close friends
Relapse prevention is the primary objective of a sober coachor sober partner. This objective serves as the foundation for all operationsand services. When it comes to a sober coach, every recovering person hasunique requirements. However, the sober coach's main objective should be toprovide the client with the skills to prevent relapse as well as a personalnetwork of friends who are also clean and committed to their recovery.
A sober companion or coach should be licensed, bonded, andcovered by insurance. It's crucial to research several sober coaches to findout more about their education and experience. People who are in recoverythemselves frequently become sober coaches. These people may have a bettergrasp on the other person's emotions and what can support them as they learnand develop.
WHEN ARE ALCOHOLIC COMPANIES MOST USEFUL?
When there is a high danger of relapse or a reason theperson can't attend rehab, sober coaches or sober buddies have occasionallybeen used. As an illustration, some well-known individuals have chosen to workwith sober partners instead of or in addition to rehab. Research suggests thatsober coaches may be useful for persons moving from a highly organized and"secure" environment of treatment to their former life, while thereis debate over whether they are genuinely beneficial or are just adultbabysitters.
The hardest elements of healing may involve this return tonormal life. Changes in people, places, and things are necessary for manypersons in recovery. This can resemble beginning anew quite a bit. And althoughthat could be unsettling, it might also present many prospects for a betterexistence. Sober coaches could be useful in this situation as well.
Having so many aspects of your life and all you know alteredmight be stressful. Anxiety and depressive symptoms may result from this. Asober coach can assist you by holding you responsible and encouraging you asyou adopt a new way of living. They will also have established methods,programs, and resources for assisting people just beginning their recovery.They can also help in this area so that you don't have to put it all together.
You can join a variety of support groups today, includingboth 12-Step and non-12-Step programs. It is strongly advised that you test outmany groups to determine which one is the greatest fit for you if you want tomaintain your sobriety over the long run. As most people do, you can explorethese groups on your own, but you might also go to these groups with some sobercoaches. Being alone yourself makes it more difficult to find justificationsfor staying home. However, long-term sobriety demands commitment, labor, andcontinual willingness, none of which can be "given" to you.
Sober coaches work alongside other resources like therapistsand outpatient care. Clients may often reach sober coaches around the clock.Additionally, they gather there and can help with family interactions. A sobercoach can encourage family members in learning how to better support the personin recovery and themselves. Often, family members may not be conscious of theircodependent patterns.
These coaches, who support people in recovery, are typicallynot covered by insurance, and their daily rates range from roughly $900 to asmuch as $2000. How long the sober coach remains with the person also affectsthe price. As previously indicated, many sober coaches are available to theircustomers around-the-clock or on-call.
While sober coaches may be beneficial for certain people inthe recovery process, it's vital to realize that the majority of people achieveand maintain sobriety without the need for sober coaches. Numerous thousands ofAmericans who have maintained long-term sobriety do it without the assistanceof a sober coach or friend.
Being willing to go above and beyond to achieve sobriety andmaintain it is the real secret to success. This could entail changing jobs,moving, or attending various support group meetings on your own. Both becomingand maintaining sobriety requires a lot of effort. It truly depends on howprepared you are to go the extra mile, though, whether you have a sober coachor not.
Futures Recovery Healthcare is here to support you or aloved one who is coping with an alcohol use disorder, a substance use disorder,or a mental health issue. Get in touch with us to find out more about our threetreatment options and choose which one is best for you. Additionally, weprovide a dedicated Mental Health Unit for the treatment of mental healthconditions like anxiety, depression, and mood disorders.