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With 24-hour service from a Sober Companion, how does the client deal with money? How about cell phones, internet access, and every other way addicts and alcoholics use to contact those interested in keeping them sick?

Part of the answer is a straightforward process called Fiduciary Case Management (FCM).

FCM protocols we use during a Sober Companion service are a little different than those we use during Sober Coaching. Unless there is a deviation from our standard contract, our staff will not allow the client to hold his/her own cell phone, wallet, credit/debit cards or cash. We tailor the protocol to the client - often, there will be no internet access without direct supervision.

Though a client might have a deep desire to stay clean, there are times when his ability to make the right move just seems to disappear - without warning. That's where we come in, and it's why FCM is a crucial tool for people in early recovery from addiction.

We have been there. Every member of the Sober Champion staff has experienced the traumatic events of withdrawal, and has experienced Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).

The Sober Coach's job goes way beyond hanging out and shopping with our clients. Our goal is to help you stay away from drugs & alcohol, but not at the expense of your sanity. We encourage our clients to accept and engage personal responsibility without throwing caution to the wind.

We use varying levels of FCM with our 24-hour clients because it really works. FCM protocols are laid into the contract and are clearly defined for clarity and ease of use. With this foundation, the client understands where his/her power and access to funding lie.

FCM is not a panacea for people intent on relapse; if you are hell-bent on getting loaded, you will do it eventually. If you are at the in-between stage (which is where most recovering people find themselves immediately after treatment or intervention), the presence of a Sober Companion and a Fiduciary Case Management contract provide structure and balance required to make the right decision - especially when the wrong decision looks really tasty.

We use FCM most often in cooperation with trusts and with existing treatment professionals. Application of FCM in the Sober Coaching arena varies a bit from that of the Sober Companion. For more information on Sober Coaching and FCM, click here.

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