In the world for mental health and substance use disorder treatment, recovery is something you hear a lot about. Young adults going back to work and school will have friends who are still drinking or using substances or may have mental and emotional conditions for which they are untreated. None of which is helpful for sustainable recovery. It is terrifying for families and young adults to think about how they are going to maintain sobriety after finishing treatment for mental health and/or substance issues. The places you went and the people you hang out with are the hardest things to let go of. Even if the area is new, everywhere has the kinds of people and places that make recovery challenging.
People think that the main objective recovery is to stay sober. While sobriety is important, it is the byproduct of emotional and psychological well being. Having a positive social network, using healthy coping mechanisms gained in treatment, and engaging professional support in these initial stages is the key to not just sobriety but long term recovery.
This is where a Recovery Coach can make all the difference. Having someone help you use different strategies for managing daily life struggles when you first leave treatment is especially crucial in preventing relapse and staying well. There is a higher chance of relapse at the beginning of your recovery and during this transition period back into independent life.
How Can A Recovery Coach Help?
Connection– A common feeling, especially in early recovery, is to feel alone and isolated. A coach’s main focus is to help ease those fears and grant support. Having a recovery coach is ideal for people who don’t have an emotional support group. Those who are far from home, or live alone, or have strained relationships as a result of a rocky past may be struggling with new friendships and even social skills. These people are vulnerable to relapse and a repeat of treatment without the emotional support of a positive social network that a Recovery Coach can help them get connected to.
A Recovery Coach can talk with you and help give you the support you need. They can motivate you to do better and help establish healthy relationships. In addition to providing mental/emotional support when you experience the ups and downs of life and cravings that will inevitably arise, they can connect you with other professional care providers, a therapist or a psychiatrist, when you need them.
Relapse Prevention – Recovery Coaches focus on staying with the task at hand and experiencing completion which requires absolute sobriety. They help you become aware of your anxiety and cravings so you are more likely to pause before turning to substances as a coping mechanism. This ultimately helps prevent a relapse from occurring. There are many ways they can help you with this, such as:
- Making sure your home is free of un-prescribed drugs or alcohol
- Accompanying you to places where drugs and alcohol are available so you don’t succumb to cravings and impulses
- Taking you to 12-Step meetings and other provider appointments
- Actively participating in your life to help redirect you back toward your goals when vulnerable to relapse or strong emotions.
Of course, recovery coaches can adjust their responsibilities based on what you need in the moment. Their purpose is to help you through the difficult moments and redirect you back to your goals and the natural supports you have in your life. When they eventually recede into the background , you learn to turn to your natural supports on your own.
At LifeTutors, our trained and experienced recovery coaches and clinical team can help you achieve successful independence. Our knowledgeable coaches can help you overcome your struggles with mental health and/or substance use recovery. If you or a loved one needs help, don’t hesitate to call and ask for help today at 1-(828)-417-7122. The team at LifeTutors are available to talk about your goals and help you on your way to a sustainable and resilient well life.