Family Member in Rehab: 9 Reasons Your Family Needs a Recovery Coachby Recovery Guide Real Recovery Starts Here Families dealing with addiction often feel like they’re in a maze – just when you think you’re out of the woods, a new obstacle comes up. That’s where a recovery coach comes in. They provide families with support and direction to overcome whatever obstacles come up during alcohol and drug recovery.
If you’ve been lucky enough to ever have a mentor in life, you know that having someone who believes in you can make a world of difference. A recovery guide is a mentor, a non-judgmental friend, an understanding and experienced person who is rooting for you.
Continue reading to find out the many ways in which recovery coaching provides help for families battling addiction.
You gain insight into patterns of behavior
Recovering addicts and their families frequently have recurrent patterns of behavior that get in the way of living a sober life. It can be something as simple as clinking ice cubes that trigger cravings in a person with an alcohol addiction. Or a food show that triggers a person with an eating disorder to consume a large portion of dessert. Oftentimes, families remain unaware of these subtle triggers. A recovery coach can help you identify patterns of addictive behaviors and work on changing them.
You get strength-based support
Every aspect of addiction treatment is important, whether it is medically-supervised detox, inpatient drug rehab, or outpatient counseling and psychotherapy. Recovering coaching adds an important dimension to these evidence-based modalities. Unlike therapy which tends to focus on a person’s shortcomings, a recovery guide provides strength-based support. In other words, they focus on a family’s strengths and how they can be leveraged to overcome addiction. An individual or family’s strengths can include anything from personal qualities to hobbies, talents, or even aspirations. A recovery coach can even work with your family to turn weaknesses into strengths and use them to achieve long-term sobriety.
You are shielded from risky situations
Whether you are battling opioid addiction, cocaine addiction, or meth abuse, once you come out of a residential drug rehab facility or sober living program, you are exposed to a number of risky situations that can jeopardize your recovery. One small misstep can undo months of hard work. A recovery coach is like a watchful guardian angel who facilitates healthy decision-making and reminds you of your long-term goals. Recovery coaches complement individual and family therapy sessions with a drug counselor,giving your family a solid base on which to focus on sobriety.
You have a smoother transition to sober living
Residential drug and alcohol treatment facilities have a highly structured environment with rules, regulations, and clear-cut expectations. Upon completing formal drug rehab, it can be a huge change for both recovering addicts and their families to readjust to normal life. Many families find it a bit of a shock and don’t know how to manage this major change. A recovery guide can help you build on early success by laying out exactly what families need to do to transition smoothly to sober living.
You are held accountable
One of the biggest challenges in drug and alcohol recovery is holding a person accountable for their actions. A recovery guide works one-on-one with individuals and families to help set and achieve attainable goals. The recovering addict is held accountable to themselves and their family with an eye on short- and long-term aspirations.
You work on preventing relapse
Many people with substance use disorders achieve sobriety during rehab but relapse once they are in the real world. Relapse rates from addiction treatment can be as high as 50-75%. But while relapse is common, it is also preventable. Recovery coaches can use their extensive training and experience to identify relapse behaviors before a person starts using again. With timely intervention, families can work on preventing relapse before it occurs. A recovery coach can, therefore, boost your chances of long-term success.
You benefit from harm reduction
Complete abstinence from drugs or alcohol may not work for everyone who seeks addiction rehab. A recovery guide can work with families who choose harm reduction as a goal. They can help you make decisions about intervention, detox, and psychotherapy and develop a recovery plan. As a family’s experience with alcohol or drug use changes with harm reduction measures, a recovery coach can help make adjustments to the recovery plan.
You are motivated to develop and pursue life goals
A recovery coach provides a long-term relationship that facilities the achievement of life goals. Think of it as similar to a sports coach. Many of the greatest achievements and advancements in sports careers are often attributed to a great coach. Similarly, an addiction recovery guide can help your loved one achieve their maximum potential in creating a better life. This is especially important for families struggling with Failureto Launch, a syndrome in which young adults have trouble taking on adult responsibilities and becoming self-sufficient.
You gain access to tools, skills, and resources
A family battling addiction needs a multitude of tools, skills, and resources to continue making progress in recovery. A recovery coach can connect you to community resources, including 12-step programs, therapists, educational opportunities, vocational training, resolving legal issues, sober living arrangements, and practically anything else a family needs to establish a new life in sobriety.
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