If you have been recovering from an addiction, you might want to look into working with a sober companion. Sober companions, also known as sober coaches, are popular because they help those struggling with addiction or trying to stay sober. They are guides and mentors that can help keep you on track.
A sober companion is not the same as a 12-step program sponsor, therapist, or friend. Their role is to make sure you make healthy choices by showing you a positive example of sober living. For example, if you both go to a bar, they may order water and a soda rather than alcohol, modeling a healthier choice while showing you how you can still socialize with the people you love.
Sober companions and sober coaches are sometimes the same things, but at Southworth Associates, we separate the two into different categories. Sober companions are well-versed in recovery and work with you after you complete a program. A professional sobriety coach may only work with you during the start of recovery and set up your personalized recovery plan. Please find out more by calling our team at 844.521.0523 today.
What Can Sober Coaches Do for You?
Sober coaches have a few different jobs. One is to transport you to rehab if you have not yet gone. They may also transport children, young adults, or those who cannot get to a treatment program otherwise. Another is to make sure you stay sober after completing a residential treatment program. They may live with you as you transition, or they could be with you in 12-hour shifts during the night or throughout the day when you’re most likely to relapse if they’re working as a companion.
Sober coaches effectively:
- Teach coping mechanisms for difficult situations
- Help you or your loved one learn life skills
- Help you or a loved one adopt basic prevention techniques to protect against relapses
- Assist you during or after addiction treatment
When you move on to sober living, they can be there to build you a plan and to help you stay sober.
How Do You Find a Sober Coach?
Some treatment programs can provide you with sober coach options. If you see a psychiatrist or go to rehabilitation, the medical providers you meet with will have literature about sober coaches and mentors. They may already work with a team of sober coaches who could be right for you.
Beyond asking how to get in touch, you should also look at a few other factors. It would be best if you asked who you want the recovery coach to be. Do you want them to be professionally trained with no history of addiction? Do you want someone who has been through addiction in the past? You can select either a peer or a professional.
Then, think about how you want them to help you. A sober companion may offer general support, but an addiction recovery coach is more likely to offer strategic activities to help get you through your recovery.
Another thing to consider is where you want to work with your recovery coach. If you want to work with your sober coach in person, then you need to select someone who is local. If you’re looking for telehealth, you can select anyone who has remote services.
You have options, so it’s a good idea to find the coach who is the right fit for your circumstances. If you start with one and don’t get along with them for some reason, it’s possible to change to another.
Contact Southworth Associates Today
At Southworth Associates, we can help you find the sober coach who is right for you. We connect people with intervention, monitoring, education, and consulting services, so you have all the tools you need to get sober or to help someone you love with lasting sobriety. We are here to help, so call us today to learn more at 844.521.0523.