Sober Companions and Recovery Coaches

Recovery coaches, sober escorts and sobriety coaches are different terms used to describe sober companions. For the newly recovering addict not in a residential treatment facility, staying sober can be difficult. Herein enters the sobriety coach, who provides one-on-one assistance to individuals recovering from addiction.

A sobriety coach can help an addict maintain sobriety, reduce harm and develop beneficial regimens at home or after leaving a treatment facility. Some residential treatment centers in Asia offer their own sober companionship services to their outpatients, hence providing companions that are affiliated to a medical or a clinical team. Due to the unregulated nature of the sector, practitioners may be licensed as a mental health professional, or have just experience in the field to work as sober companions.

What to Expect from A Sober Coach

At the on-set of the relationship between a patient and sober coach, a contract should be drawn out detailing what is expected of both parties. It may include such things as psychotherapeutic approach, 12-step or non-12 step plan, other outside support groups, help establishing a daily nutritional and fitness regime, or holistic practices. All of these activities are focused on preventing the individual from relapsing – which is the primary duty of the sober coach.

Depending on the arrangement, a sober coach could be hired to provide round the clock care, be on-call, or to accompany the patient only on certain occasions. The companion becomes a shield for the recovering addict, suggesting new activities, or easing the patient to living in their own environment – however this is usually after a thorough check is made to remove hidden stashes of the abused substances from the environment or in extreme cases, relocating the drug addict to an entirely new environment devoid of addictive triggers.

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A sober companion offers on-call guidance and support during recovery

Sober companions may offer their services for 30 days or longer, though the duration depends on the particular client and how long it takes for meaningful changes to take effect. As a recovering addict becomes acclimatized to their new life without drugs, the time spent with the companion reduces until it ceases.

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Recovery coaching services have become popular with celebrities who need to stay clean while on location or during a work related project. This new trend has promoted some media houses to dub the service as “adult babysitters” while in the medical parlance they are called “advocates.”

In-home Addiction Treatment

In-home and on location rehab provides live-in care to recovering addicts from qualified and motivated professionals. Sober coaches can relocate to wherever you need them to be throughout the duration of treatment.

Also know as mobile rehab, this form of addiction recovery offers a greater level of privacy and flexibility. It is particularly suited to individuals who can benefit from the intense structure of inpatient care while maintaining relative normalcy in their day-to-day life. In-home rehab also removes many of the restrictions associated in inpatient rehab and means you can carry on with any work commitments or family obligations you might have.

24/7 in-home rehab allows you to focus on the underlying addiction issues during the early stages of treatment. A reputable facilitator of on location treatment programs will create a personalized treatment model that incorporates therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Positive Psychology.