What happens during addiction recovery coaching?


Once a client has admitted they have an addiction problem and have obtained professional help to recover from the addiction (drugs, alcohol, sex, etc), I help the client uncover the motivation to achieve and maintain an addiction-free lifestyle.  I ask powerful questions that will help the client identify a vision for what that addiction-free lifestyle will look like.  It is perfectly fine for a client to continue seeing a therapist during our coaching relationship as coaching and therapy work well together.  However, it is important to note that therapy and coaching are two different concepts.  A therapist knows the answers as how to “fix” the addiction problem and keep the client free from their addiction and focuses more on past happenings.  A coach focuses on moving forward and believes that the client has the answers within him/herself.  As your coach, I will help you identify your individual values to help you maintain an addiction-free lifestyle.  I will also work with you on developing new habits to maintain your addiction-free lifestyle.  For example, if you are a recovering alcoholic who headed to the bar with your coworker Jeff every day at 12 noon for a liquid lunch, my questions might lead you to decide to take a mile walk with your coworker Bill at 12 noon instead.

Once you have created a vision for yourself and identified strategies to achieve that vision, I will ask you to identify any potential obstacles that may arise.  If you forsee any obstacles to your plan, I will focus my questions on helping you remove those obstacles to your success.

Addiction recovery coaching is a process which requires a significant committment on your behalf.  Therefore, I recommend at least a two to three month coaching relationship to allow enough time for the process.  If more time is needed, I will gladly continue coaching you as long as you maintain your committment to recovery.

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