A Recovery Coach is a guide who supports someone who is striving towards maintenance & recovery. A Coach is someone who helps equip a person with tools, awareness, skills, and support on a journey of personal growth.
A Recovery Coach is unique in that we support people who are in the beginning, middle or advanced stages of their recovery. We focus on the future rather than the past, and aid in helping a person’s motivation to reach new goals and possibilities. Instead of sorting through past behaviors and traumas, Coaches normalize feelings and provide a strengths-based approach for a healthier and happier future.
Coaches are free to use whatever tools they find helpful as professionals and that empower their clients to “find and follow their own pathways and patchworks of recovery.”
The coach-client relationship is a highly individualized and solution-focused approach where the two are partners who co-create in service of the client and their needs. Coaches believe the client is the expert on themselves and knows deep down what they want in terms of goals. As coaches, we have the training to provide the support, accountability, skills, and tools to get someone there.
Coaches don’t tell you what to do, they ask questions to help guide you in the right direction. They actively listen. They don’t judge. Coaching is flexible in its length and intensity.
We are no longer forcing people to be abstinent or pick and stay with a particular pathway of recovery. We understand that recovery is dynamic and ever-changing. Coaches encourage individuals to use a variety of tools in their patchworks of recovery. This includes recovery coaching as only one of many services a person can use to transform
Our goal as Recovery Coaches is to help people find freedom from substances or behaviors that are inhibiting them from living their best life. We know that in essence, this is what all elements of a recovery orientated system strive to do. The highlights of coaching are its inclusive nature, its ability to meet people anywhere on the path of recovery, not just the beginning or the end, and its person-centered approach.
Involving families and carers as partners in treatment, care planning and supporting consumers in their recovery. Recognise that families and carers can play an important role in supporting recovery because they have valuable knowledge and insights about the individual and resources to assist in their recovery.
While traditional pathways to recovery are still effective and appreciated, coaching fills a large gap in care. Although the role of a Recovery Coach within a Recovery Oriented System of Care is not a new concept, our world is still catching up to the idea. As more studies on the efficacy of Recovery Coaching are currently being conducted, we are excited about its continued involvement in helping more people find and sustain recovery and live longer and happier lives.