What A Sober Coach Is Not
A Sober Coach is not a representative of any 12-step program. Neither a coach nor a companion acts as an advocate for any particular 12-step program. WE ARE ADVOCATES FOR OUR CLIENTS -- THAT IS ALL. Neither Sober Champion nor any of our Coaches advocate any exclusive pathway to recovery. We advocate what works for each client based on his or her needs and the requirements of his or her family and/or employer.
Coaches do not get paid to take clients through the 12 Steps.
We do not replace our client's sponsor.
When appropriate, we will guide you to 12-Step program.
No responsible member of a 12-Step fellowship can be paid to do volunteer work.
Sober Coaching is not volunteer work; we are professional treatment providers.
As with most of the best addiction treatment professionals, many of our Sober Coaches are members of 12-Step programs. That is due to each Coach's choice. At Sober Champion, we simply do not believe someone not in recovery can effectively coach a person who is new or returning. We are not doctors but we work with - and take direction from - some of the leading medical providers in the field of addiction and alcoholism treatment.
If a Sober Coach from Sober Champion is active in a 12-Step fellowship, any service provided in that context is volunteer work -- the Coach does it on his or her 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 lving. 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". Sober Coaches know it is normal for someone in early or even long term recovery to have a really tough time occasionally. This doesn't mean the person needs institutionalization - they do need more hearing "Get over it," or "Keep coming back."
A Sober Coach differs from some counselors and therapists because we believe it is as at least as important to have successfully recovered as it is to have gotten a degree without having gone through the pain and misery brought by alcoholism and addiction.
Coaching ethics and guidelines require that if a client is primarily seeking relief from phsycial, 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. A Sober Coach or Sober Companion focuses on the present and future, while therapy focuses on the past.
In many therapeutic modalities, primary emphsis is placed on how unresolved issues are impacting the present. A coach will challenge you to drop the story about how messed up you are and to focus on what you can do today to move forward. Sober Coaching focuses on establishing goals and developing a strong community support system while enjoying quality of life, balance and wellness-even after rehab!
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