Archive for January, 2014

Are you someone who likes to reminisce about the past?  Do you like thinking back to “the good old days”?  Does this bring back memories of being younger and more care free?  Were you less stressed back then?  For many of us, looking back on our younger days brings back pleasant memories of days past.  However, for others, it is an escape from an unpleasant situation they are now facing.  Are you recovering from an addiction and wish you could go back to the good times before your addiction?  Are you a family member or friend of an addict and wish you could recapture the days you had with this person before addiction took control of his/her life?  The past is exactly that, the past.  We cannot change the past.  We can, however, take steps to better our chances of a successful and more prosperous future.

When one is recovering from an addiction that has wreaked havoc on life, just the thought of making changes in the future can be scary.  But it doesn’t have to be.  During our coversation, many times I will pick up on an underlying fear.  As a coach, I help clients identify exactly what that fear is.  It may be a fear of rejection, a fear of failure, a fear of relapse just to name a few.  The next step is to determine what is fueling that fear and what steps the client can identify to combat that fear.  I have found that asking a client to envision what life would be like without that fear in it  often gets the ball rolling.  Once the client has come up with a plan, I ask if he/she forsees any obstacles to the plan and help remove them if any exist.

I have found that once the fear is removed, clients feel much more empowered to make positive changes in their lives.  So it does go to show that we really can have nothing to fear, not even the boogyman.

 

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Jan
18

All are welcome

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What line of work are you in?  Are you a top-level executive earning a six digit salary?  Or are you earning a more modest salary as a teacher or nurse?  Or do you work in the service industry for pay that is downright meager?  Addiction can strike anyone, regardless of occupation or level of income.  Are you afraid to seek help because you are afraid other people will find out?  Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.  As an addiction recovery coach, I am bound by International Coach Federation Ethics to maintain confidentiality with all clients.  I treat all cleints with respect and maintain strict confidentiality of our discussions, so clients can feel free to discuss with me any topic that they would like to work on in their lives.  Whether you earn a six digit salary

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Jan
12

Forgotten Families?

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Are you one of many Americans who was affected by the recent harsh winter weather? How did several days of subzero temperatures and wind chills and/or excessive snow make you feel?  Frustrated? Discouraged? Did you think all you could do was grin and bear it?  Now that the weather has returned to normal, how are you feeling?  More optimistic?  Hopeful? Encouraged?  Families and friends of an addict often experience intense emotions including discouragement, helplessness, and frustration.

As an addiction recovery coach, I focus not only on the addicted person’s needs but on the needs of families and friends as well.  As human beings, having the support of those close to us in times of difficulty is something we all crave.  For a person recovering from an addiction, having the support of others is integral to their recovery and maintaining an addiction-free lifestyle.  However, it can be difficult for those close to them to walk that journey when they are plagued with negative feelings.  As a coach, I first have the family member or friend identify what feelings they are experiencing.  I then have the client envision what the future will look like for them when those negative feelings are worked through and they are feeling more positive and optimistic.  Third, I have the client develop a plan for him/herself as to what steps he/she will take to achieve the vision.  Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I ask the client to identify any obstacles that might prevent him/her from achieving this plan and help remove these obstacles.

It is important to note that achieving these positive feelings will not happen overnight.  It is a process that will take time.  If you are the family/friend of an addicted person and are ready to look to the future and how you can help yourself so you can help them, I would be honored to work with you as your coach.

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Jan
03

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Happy New Year to all!  A new year is the perfect time to make positive changes in one’s life.  If you are struggling with addiction issues and are looking for someone to help you strategize a plan for a more satisfying future, whether you are the addict or a family member or friend of an addict, now might be the time to consider working with an addiction recovery coach.  I will help you tap deep into your mind to come up with a plan that will be successful for you.  The key is that YOU come up with the plan, not me.  I will ask you powerful questions to help you come up with each step, set realistic goals, remove any obstacles that you forsee, and have you identify a support person to help you stay on track with your new plan.  If you are ready to make   changes in your life to achieve and maintain an addiction free lifestyle, I would be honored to have you choose me as your coach.

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