A life coach could be just what you need in the early days of your addiction recovery process. This is the time when your sobriety skills are fragile and your willpower is low. This is the time when you might need a little help.
A life coach is a professional who can work with you to help you achieve goals you have created for your life. Your goals might involve your addiction, your career, your sense of self-worth, or your communication skills. You might have goals in all these areas. A life coach can work with you, either in appointments or around the clock, to meet those goals.
Coaching like this is common. In fact, in a study of businesses performed by CIPD, researchers found that 90 percent of respondents took advantage of coaching. These professionals felt they needed a little extra help, and they went to a coach to get it. If pros get help, why wouldn’t you?
Here are just a few of the benefits that might come from working with a life coach:
Learning more about the positive side of life
A life coach is, by definition, a positive person who tends to look at the bright side of life. A Portland life coach interviewed by The Oregoniangot into the work, for example, because he had a fascination with happiness. He spent time trying to figure out what made people happy, and he uses positive psychology approaches to make people feel happier. An addiction can cause chemical changes in your brain that makes happiness just a little more elusive. With a life coach, you could get some of that happiness back.
Avoiding the temptation to use
Some life coaches will move in with their clients and provide around-the-clock support. This can be ideal if you feel as though your life holds many different relapse triggers that you simply cannot avoid. With a life coach, you will not have the opportunity to sneak away and be alone to use. The coach will follow you throughout the day, and that could help reduce your drug use opportunities to nil.
An opportunity to learn
As an article in Psych Central points out, people at the 90-day sobriety mark need to learn how to apply the skills they learned in rehab to areas of everyday life. In short, they need to figure out how the clinical environment of rehab translates into the everyday environment of a community. A life coach is in the perfect position to help with that kind of learning. A coach can listen to the lessons you have learned in rehab, and that coach can walk you through difficult situations you are experiencing at home. Your coach might help you to see how the decisions you are making are in conflict with your rehab lessons, and your coach might help you to understand how to do things a little differently to protect your sobriety.
A personal cheerleader
Let’s face it: Recovery can be a little lonely sometimes. You might feel as though you are working as hard as you possibly can on your recovery, but those who have not been through the process might think you should do more, say more, or see more. They may not see your recovery in the same way. A life coach is different. This person has the obligation to listen to you, protect you, and advise you. This person is on your side all the time. When you need a pat on the back, this is a good person to lean on.
An accountability partner
The organization Focus on the Family says that some people with addictions often do not understand which situations can put sobriety at risk. An accountability partner is a person who is familiar with the addiction, and who can supplement the assistance the person gets from a counselor. Some people choose family members or friends to fill this role. Your life coach can do the same thing. When you are facing a tough choice and you are not sure how it might impact your sobriety, a life coach can help you to examine the issue carefully. That can help you to stay on track.
It is helpful to get involved right away with recovery organizations, sober activities, and 12-Step meetings. After graduating from Sunrise, clients are eligible to join the AAC Alumni program. After discharge, our alumni team will contact former clients to keep in touch, check in on their recovery, and let them know of alumni activities in their area.
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A sense of structure
Life coaches know that goals do not magically get met. Instead, they are met through hard work that takes place over the course of weeks or even months. A life coach can help you understand how to structure your life to support your sobriety, and how to pull together all of the little daily steps that could lead to a big sobriety goal. That sense of structure can keep you focused on what is important, and it could help you to tune out what is not.
Someone to talk to
Worried about sharing too much with friends or family? Or concerned that you are thinking things through the same way too frequently? A life coach will never tell you to stop talking about your recovery. A life coach will not encourage you to forget about it and think about something else. A life coach is there to walk with you on the recovery journey, step by step, and that person will always listen to what you have to say.
If you are considering a life coach, you will need to choose someone who is both qualified and trustworthy. Your treatment team can help with that. With all of these benefits available, a life coach could be just what you need.