How a Certified Recovery Coach Helps You Manifest Happiness & Fulfillment in Recovery.

The Role of a Certified Recovery Coach

Whether you're considering getting sober or are presently in treatment, you already know that the real work in recovery begins once you leave treatment. The moment you are discharged you embark on your journey back into your personal and professional life without your crutch, a drink or substance of choice. This is when your recovery begins.

Once you understand that your journey in recovery is a lifelong process it can be overwhelming. This is why it’s important to take each day as it comes, work a program for recovery, and set goals. In order for you to succeed, you must show up each and every day and manifest the life, you want to achieve.

It’s no secret - recovery works when you have ongoing support. For many, this means you’ll need to be more involved than attending Twelve Step meetings or other self-help groups. Recovery is about connecting to others who have experienced the same struggles and barriers and building rapport within this community.

Why recovery coaching is beneficial to a lifestyle for living sober.

Recovery Coaching or Sober Coaching is not only beneficial to those in early recovery, but vital to living a purposeful life in all stages of recovery. The Lighthouse, a sober living home in Connecticut incorporates Recovery Coaching services to help their residents realize their potential to achieve their goals. Your Recovery Coach uses his life experiences to provide you with support, but it is up to you to choose the goals deem vital to your recovery.

What  is Recovery Coaching

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services defines Recovery Coaching as “a form of strength-based support for persons in or seeking recovery from alcohol and other drugs, or other addictions.”

A Recovery Coach or Sober Coach is a person whose aim is to assist you in achieving your recovery based goal and maintain your highest potential in life.

An addiction Recovery Coach is

• Always available

A Recovery Coach is employed by you. Therefore (s)he is available to take your call 24/7. When living life in recovery, a crisis which could directly result in your choice to pick up a drink or a drug could happen at any given moment. A crisis is a friend to your addiction. When your aim is not to use your addiction doesn’t give up. Instead, it is constantly working to find a way back into your daily life. Never believe that a crisis is not big enough to reach out to your Recovery Coach.

When you have a Recovery Coach at the ready, dangerous situations which cause stress such as holidays, job interviews, or legal proceedings lose power over you. You and your coach can prepare and strategize a plan to overcome unwanted stress, emotions, and people, for any occasion. Having a coach is an similar to having insurance protecting you in the event of a disaster or crisis. You can phone or reach out to your Sober Coach, at any time.

•  Maintains your accountability

Addiction likes to keep you isolated. The opposite of addiction is reconnecting to supportive services, loved ones, family, and friends. In the past you kept secrets and truths from family and loved ones and might try to do the same in recovery. Sometimes you feel you don't want to burden your family or friends with the issues you face. It is especially hard to admit your shortcomings and failures to those you love.

A Recovery Coach has worked with many others in early recovery, so it has become easy for him or her to detect when you are lying or holding back the truth.  Sober Coaches recognize when you are half-stepping and not doing the work you promised yourself you would do. When you display total honesty with your coach, you will be able to work through the barriers holding you back from finding fulfillment and happiness in life.

•  Helps you find recovery resources

Trying to manage your recovery on your own is a recipe for disaster. Whenever you decide to make changes in your life you’ll require new resources and connections. Your Recovery Coach can help you locate these resources because (s)he is well connected throughout the recovery community. As an example, The Lighthouse Recovery 365 Coaching Program Coaching is well connected to the recovery communities in Connecticut, NJ, and NYC. Working with a recovery coaching team such as Recovery 365 provides you with vast knowledge and a wealth of recovery resources, so you can connect with whatever it is you need.

• Works with your family and loved ones

Your addiction didn’t only cause havoc in your life. It affected your family and loved ones too. Your recovery coach will work with family members to help them find the community support they need to heal. More importantly, with your permission, your coach will meet with family members to assess how you are transitioning into a lifestyle free from active substance use.

The Lighthouse works closely with family members, especially during the assessment/intake process. Tod Dodge, a Recovery Coach with the The Lighthouse Recovery 365 Coaching Program believes that meeting with you and your family is vital during the initial stages of coaching. Of the initial meeting, Dodge says, “it’s vital for the client and his family to be honest with me, so I can use my experiences to provide the client and his family with the quality care,”

When the family is directly involved and understands the process you will be going thru life at home begins to evolve into a process of healing for the entire family.

It is essential to understand that a Recovery Coach is never intrusive and not involved in those matters in which you are not comfortable in revealing to him or her. It is your recovery process and your Recovery Coach is employed by you, therefore (s)he respects your wishes and desires.

• Assists you in setting and achieving goals

Once you are on the way to healing, your path begins to unfold before you. Through the help of your Recovery Coach, you’ll be able to chart the course of achieving all that you desire. You will choose which areas of your life are important to you, decide upon the goals you wish to achieve in these areas, and your coach will use his experience, strength, and hope to help you manifest your dreams, desires, and goals.

It is up to your Recovery Coach to remind you when you are sidestepping or not directly working towards your goals. Your Sober Coach is accountable In helping you achieve your goals. Your coach’s duty is to hold you to finding happiness in your life through achieving goals, staying, sober, and building a connection in the recovery community.

What are you waiting for?

In a recent presentation on Why Recovery Coaching Works, Michael Askew Director of Advocacy at the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) stated that those persons who leave treatment and work with a recovery coach greatly improve the likelihood of achieving their recovery goals.

If you put the work into getting sober, you know it was difficult. But you also know to stay sober can be more difficult. A Recovery Coach helps you work through crisis, outline dangerous situations, and use the skills you learned while attending an inpatient treatment program or intensive outpatient substance use program.

The Lighthouse Sober Living Recovery 365 has a team of certified Recovery Coaches who will help you find the fulfillment and happiness you seek in your life in recovery.

If you or a loved one wish to learn more about Recovery Coaching, have questions about The Lighthouse Recovery 365 Coaching Program, or are interested in sober living in Connecticut please reach out to
Mark O’Connor at
Sober Living Recovery 365
at 203-246-9534.

John Makohen