March 3, 2016
If you think that sober coaches are only reserved for the Hollywood elite, think again. Sober coaching is a resource that can help anyone from an accountant to a housewife to a teenager to a veteran. Sober coaching is a tool that can help anyone struggling with addiction stay on track.
There is often confusion about what sober coaching entails, and the answers to that question may vary. In simple terms, a sober coach is a clean and sober companion who assists you through the process of getting and staying sober.
Sober coaches are often employed after a person leaves treatment, to provide additional support in the first few weeks or months of recovery. Or, in some cases, as an alternative when treatment isn’t an option.
Why Sober Coaching Is Necessary
For the person just out of treatment, sobriety is a minute-by-minute choice. Typically, treatment lasts anywhere from 30 to 90 days. This is long enough to get sober, get healthier and learn some tools and strategies to help build a foundation of recovery.
But what happens when you leave treatment? What happens when you have a work-related social event where alcohol will be served? What happens after you get into that big fight with your parents that leaves you feeling frustrated and sad? What happens when your long-time romantic partner decides to break things off, or you get fired from your job?
These are all life things that happen, but the problem is that treatment may last three months, but you may have been using for two decades. That is a long time to develop the habit of using substances to help cope with the curveballs that life sometimes throws.
Of course, it isn’t just dramatic events that can trigger the urge to use, here are some other common triggers:
- Physical discomfort
- Running into someone you used with
Sometimes, cravings will appear out of the blue, or even after you have received good news. Cravings are more common in early recovery, although you may have them periodically even after many years sober.
For those with years of sobriety behind them, cravings don’t usually pack the same punch, and people are more practiced at using the tools that help nip those cravings in the bud. In early recovery, people are more likely to relapse because they are less practiced at overcoming cravings, managing powerful emotions and because they simply have far more experience with using than staying sober.
This is Where a Sober Coach Can Help.
Sober coaches are there for you during those times when everything you have learned in treatment flies out the window and you feel like you are barely holding on. A sober coach is there for you when you run into your old dealer, and a sober coach is there for you when you must make an appearance at the company cocktail party.
Sober coaches are practiced at helping find simple, effective solutions for everyday problems that might drive you to use. It is often the simple things that recovering addicts struggle with. Using was a way of life not long ago, and navigating day-to-day life sober is challenging. Sober coaching can sit down with you throughout the day and offer support, encouragement, a shoulder to lean on and an ear to bend. He or she will listen to your concerns and fears as you get through this precarious yet rewarding time in your life.
What A Sober Coach Can’t Do
A sober coach can’t stay sober for you. You ultimately have to make the decision. Again, it is a moment by moment proposition, especially early on. He or she can encourage you and offer you guidance, but it is up to you to choose recovery over using drugs.
How Long Does Sober Coaching Last?
That depends. Sometimes sober coaches may be utilized for a few weeks right after treatment, or briefly while the person is going through some difficult times. Sober coaches are sometimes used when it is necessary to travel, putting the person away from their normal support system.
Life can be busy, and there are instances where inpatient treatment is not an option. For the motivated person, a sober coach can be an alternative to treatment.
Where To Go For Sober Coaching
If you or someone you love has struggled with addiction and is seeking relief, Ocean Breeze Recovery can help. We offer individualized addiction treatment and different levels of programs. Every client receives an individualized treatment plan and treatment in our beautiful beachside location. Call our program at 855-960-5341 for more information.