Who are recovery coaches?
A recovery coach is a person who works with and supportspeople who are enmeshed in addiction or addictions. They also coach those whoare recovering from gambling addiction, eating disorders, alcoholism, drugaddiction, or other addictive behaviors. Recovery coaches who assist thosestruggling with addictions have also been referred to as quit coaches, sobercompanions, recovery associates, and peer recovery support specialists. All ofthese terms refer to the same position—that of a person who meets with clientsto support their addiction recovery.
Even though a lot of recovery coach credentials arecategorized as peer recovery support practitioner qualifications. Since thereis no prerequisite for a recovery coach to be a peer, I prefer the word"recovery coach" to "peer" when referring to a personguiding someone in addiction recovery (meaning they are an addict in recovery).Although it may be assumed that a recovery coach should have experience, it ispossible that a recovery coach already knows about addiction and recovery. Thisknowledge may come from acquaintance with an addict, having a family member whois addicted, or having taken courses in the field of treatment.
For several years, I observed drug and alcohol counselors,family and marriage therapists (MFTs), licensed clinical social workers(LCSWs), interventionists (LCSWs), psychotherapists, and psychiatrists train tobe recovery coaches and then add coaching to their resumes. For this reason, Ihave left the term "non-clinical" out of this definition of arecovery coach. I've heard from these people that they accept the coachingmethodology and combine their expertise as interventionists or clinicians withrecovery coaching techniques.
Some people visit recovery support centers or recoverycommunity organizations (RCOs) frequently in their quest for addictiontreatment and sobriety. RCOs are autonomous, nonprofit organizations that aregoverned and led by representatives of nearby recovery communities. Theseorganizations for the recovery of the community have recovery coaches. I've metrecovery coaches who were addicts, homeless people, criminals, teachers,lawyers, and highly educated people who decided to support someone else intheir journey to recovery.
I have observed these coaches advocating both 12-stepideologies and non-12-step recovery models including harm reduction, moderationmanagement, and Buddhist recovery. The RCO occasionally pays the recoverycoaches at these facilities a salary, but the client is not paid for therecovery coaching services. Recovery coaches for RCOs can also work asvolunteers and refuse all payment for their services.
Last but not least, rehab facilities or sober living housesmay hire recovery coaches and pay them. In situations like this, the client ischarged for the coaching services provided by the centers or clients' houses. Iam aware of numerous recovery coaches who have started sober living communitiesor transitional housing. They provide coaching to those who live there, whichimproves the quality of the healing process.
A peer-to-peer recovery support expert is what?
A person with lived experience who has started theirrecovery journey and helps others who are in the early stages of healing frompsychological, traumatic, and/or substance use challenges is a near-universaldefinition of a peer-to-peer recovery support specialist. As a result, they canprovide support and assistance to encourage another peer's recovery journey. Apeer-to-peer recovery support specialist may also be referred to as a certifiedpeer, a peer, or a peer support practitioner. The job description isessentially the same under all of these categories. This job description isbecoming more and more concentrated on the peer-to-peer recovery support expertdealing with a person in mental health recovery.
State-recognized certification programs first appeared in2001, making the certified peer-to-peer recovery support specialist workforcerelatively new in the behavioral health sector. States have recently realizedthat peer specialists have the power to enhance consumer outcomes by fosteringrecovery. Numerous social service organizations pay the peer's wage, with theclient not being responsible for the cost of coaching. A health plan orMedicaid will pay for the services of a peer-to-peer recovery supportspecialist in the field of mental and behavioral health when they arerecommended by a social services organization or mental health treatmentfacility.
Peer-to-peer recovery support professionals may also operateindependently from an organization and be paid by the client or their family.Specialists in peer-to-peer recovery assistance can also decide to offer theirservices for free and without receiving payment.
What is an expert recovery coach?
Professional recovery coaches are sometimes known asrecovery life coaches. A professional recovery coach is a trained coach whoalso has expertise and training in recovery models. These accredited,professional coaching courses are often known as "life coachingtraining." Professional recovery coaches have the option of receivingtheir training from any of the 250 organizations that provide such programs,and they are not required to obtain a certificate from either the IC & RCor a state certification body (more on certification in the post from nextweek). The International Coach Federation (ICF) has authorized coach trainingprograms where a professional coach can obtain training and apply for an ICFaccreditation.
A qualified recovery coach can help a client with a widerange of coaching interventions, including but not limited to helping themrecover from addictions, deal with mental health diagnoses, get through thedivorce, and financial hardships, deal with grief, change careers, and evenresolve family relationship issues. The client is charged for the professionalrecovery coach's coaching services. One more time, these coaching services arenot covered by healthcare insurers.
The majority of peer experts have firsthand knowledge ofsubstance use issues or engagement in child welfare. Professionally trained inthe diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of consumption disorders are recovery specialists.A recovery coach is similar to a life coach who focuses on helping you throughthe healing process. A personal recovery case manager and a sober coach areanalogous. You hire a professional to serve as your rehabilitation coach.
Peer recovery coaches go by a variety of names, even thoughit sounds hard. They may also go by the names sober partner, recoveryassociate, or smoking cessation coach in addition to peer-to-peer recoverysupport specialists (RSS). The same kind of service is referred to by each ofthese words. These reputable, professional training courses are also known as"life coaching training."
A training program is typically available to certify you asa recovery coach, however not all of them are. RCO recovery coaches may alsovolunteer and elect to carry out their training duties without being paid. Iheard from these individuals that use a training approach and integrate theirexpertise as medical professionals or interventionists with techniques forrecovery training.
A qualified recovery coach can help a client with manydifferent training interventions, such as addiction recovery, dealing withmental health diagnoses, divorce, financial difficulties, bereavement, careertransition, and even issues with family relationships. In truth, recoverycoaches don't advocate for or support any particular plan or technique forachieving or maintaining sobriety. Sometimes used interchangeably with recoveryexperts, recovery support specialists, sober partners, recovery associates, andquit smoking coaches are recovery coaches who work with addictions.Professional recovery coaches have professional coaching training in additionto expertise and education in recovery models.
Even though the client is not charged for recovery trainingservices, these institutes' recovery coaches occasionally receive salaries fromthe RCO. For instance, some psychologists and psychiatrists undergo training tobecome recovery coaches, combining their formal education with their clinicalexpertise.