The Explosion of Recovery Coaching
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A Bursting Star
The first time I googled the term Recover Coach there were no hits at all. I launched the first Recovery Coaching website about seven years ago. Now there are over seven million hits–Recovery Coaching has exploded! Unfortunately right now there are shards and splinters. Do you know what a Recovery Coach is? Not many people do…
From State to State
At last count there were twenty-three states involved in Recovery Coaching. But what they teach and what they call themselves differs from state to state, and from school to school. Some have nothing really to do with coaching at all.
Many people call themselves Recovery Coaches. Some call themselves “peer-recovery coaches.” Some use the term “Recovery Support Specialists” or “Sober Coach” or “Peer Recovery Support Specialists.” Will the real Recovery Coach please stand up?
A professional Recovery Coach is someone trained as a life coach to help people in or facing recovery from addiction produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses, or organizations while advancing recovery from addiction. Look for a Recovery Coach who is credentialed by the International Coach Federation or Recovery Coaches International (coming soon).
A sober coach is another word for a sober companion—they stay around the clock with their client. Part bodyguard and part sponsor, they are especially used in the entertainment industry.
A recovery support specialist (RSS) or peer recovery support specialist is a paraprofessional who helps people get to treatment, find local resources for housing etc., and shares what they have learned in recovery. In some states RSSers bill Medicaid for their services. Many RSSers are called recovery coaches or peer recovery coaches.
More Support For a Longer Time
Maybe all this is just a passing fad. Trends come and go. One thing is certain: the relapse rates indicate that people facing addiction need more support than they are currently getting for a significantly longer period of time. Recovery Coaches provide support as long as is needed to prevent relapse and establish a meaningful life. Without support most people relapse.
Some people say three out of four relapse after treatment. Others say four out of five. Whatever the number, relapse rates have been so high that something needs to change. Our clinical experience shows that working with a Recovery Coach helps people find solutions to problems, enjoy life more, and reduces relapse.
Many Still Need Treatment
Treatment is vitally important for many, but people need more help after they get out. So many people relapse before ever finding a sponsor that simply telling people to go to AA and get a therapist after treatment is clearly not a sound exit plan. That’s why Recovery Coaching was developed. To help people stay in recovery and enjoy recovery.
So Many to Chose From
There are so many types of recovery coaches and coaching schools and trainings… so how to chose? Is it okay to be a peer recovery support specialist? Absolutely, in terms of tuition it may be your most affordable choice. However peer recovery coaches make significantly less than professional Recovery Coaches. What they learn is different too. Let’s hear from someone who has been to three coaching schools.
One of my students, a gal named Bev, told me this story. She had graduated from an accredited life coaching school when she decided to work with families facing addiction. She felt like she didn’t know enough so she went to a local community recovery coaching school. During her training there the instructor said again and again, “Students, you can’t do that—but Bev can because she is trained as a life coach.” Bev said that they didn’t really learn how to coach there, only how to handle certain situations that might come up, such as domestic violence or mental health needs. When she was done with the local training she still didn’t feel well trained, but didn’t want to pay for another training. It was a hard decision to attend a third coaching school, but she enrolled at Crossroads.
Bev is going to graduate from Crossroads Recovery Coaching Certification program next week. She has strong confidence in her skills after taking our yearlong training and knows she is now recognized as an expert family coach in the addiction community. She loves being a professional Recovery Coach and helping families facing addiction. Bev tells me often how glad she is that she took this training.
Hazelden MORE Program
Hazelden sends MORE coaches to Crossroads Recovery Coaching Certification training, as do other innovative treatment centers. Crossroads has a reputation for excellence, and our students become leaders in the industry.
May Recovery Coach Training
Would you like to know more about how to become a professional Recovery Coach? You can learn more at http://tinyurl.com/4fxvfrg. Or call enrollment counselor Deborah Drake 425-223-5335.