In their research, the NIDA has found most residential addiction treatment modalities will help addicts learn about attitudes and behaviors which place them at risk for contracting infectious disease.
While that is a good start, we have found that a return to "real life" after some time in treatment is such a very heavy burden. Our clients have reported assigning a very low value to revisiting those lessons about infectious disease exposure.
Targeted counseling focused on reducing infectious disease risk can help patients further reduce or avoid substance-related and other high-risk behaviors.
Counseling can also help those who are already infected to manage their illness. Moreover, engaging in substance abuse treatment can facilitate adherence to other medical treatments.
Sober Coaching should not replace education and counseling by professional, medical health providers. Our job is to reinforce their service to our clients. We will assess your needs and lacks and will direct you to channels appropriate for you to receive the information and guidance you require - and deserve.
While substance abuse treatment facilities do provide onsite, rapid HIV testing rather than referrals to offsite testing—research shows that doing so increases the likelihood that patients will be tested and receive their test results.
Treatment providers should also inform patients that highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has proven effective in combating HIV, including among drug-abusing populations, and help link them to HIV treatment if they test positive.
This is but one component of the full suite of services offered by a professional sober coach.