|WHAT A SOBER COACH IS NOT
A Sober Coach is not an ad hoc professional representative for any 12-step program.
A professional Sober Coach never will make daily sessions about "taking you through the Steps."
Most of Sober Coaches are 12-Step members - that means they are expressly prohibited by the Traditions of their fellowships from ever taking even one dollar for what is clearly defined as voluntary, 12-Step work.
We are not advocates of the 12 Steps for every client;
We are advicates of
healing for every client.
Sober Champion does not proselytize any exclusive pathway to recovery - we do whatever works for our client.
Many therapeutic modalities emphasize unresolved ISSUES impacting today. A coach will challenge you to find new ways to drop the story about how messed up you are and to focus on what you can do TODAY to move forward.
A Sober Coach focuses on the present and future, while therapy too often focuses on the past.
At Sober Champion, we simply do not believe that a person who is not in recovery can effectively coach a newly recovering addict. Therefore, every one of our providers is a recovering addict or alcoholic. Not every one of us, however, is a 12-Step member.
If a Sober Coach is a 12-Stepper, any service he/she provides there is volunteer work. Coaches do it on their own time.
Some coaches specialize in helping clients find alternatives to 12-step recovery.
The best Sober Coach will challenge and support the client to make lifestyle changes and experience a better quality of living. We have a robust set of elements to help you avoid frustration and other triggering episodes that lead to relapse.
We want our clients to avoid relapse and end the cycle of multiple trips to treatment. We help our clients become more effective, stay serene, and get "back to center".
We know it is normal for people early in recovery to have a really tough time occasionally. This client doesn’t need institutionalization. They don’t need another ASS (Amateur Sobriety Sleuth) shouting slogans. Slogans can be great mnemonic devices but they are not always the most effective healing tools.
Coaching ethics and guidelines require that if a client is primarily seeking relief from physical, emotional or psychological pain they must to be referred to another mental health professional. Sober Coaching is not, therefore, a catchall for patients that other professionals don't want.
Sober Coaching focuses on establishing goals and developing a strong community support system while enjoying quality of life, balance and wellness...after rehab.