Frequently Asked Questions.
SOBER RECOVERY COACH
WHAT IS A SOBER RECOVERY COACH?
A Recovery Coach provides invaluable support for people trying to overcome their compulsive, obsessive, destructive behaviors. A Recovery Coach is a kind of “Life Coach” that helps clients make smart choices and healthy decisions, with the number-one priority being not picking up a drink or a drug that day, or acting out in their addiction. Hiring a Recovery Coach is like buying an insurance policy against relapse.
WHY USE A RECOVERY COACH?
Thousands of people go to inpatient treatment centers to recover from addiction every year. These programs provide a safe, structured environment for learning and developing a new, healthy and satisfying way of living.
While “Rehab” can be difficult and challenging, the most troubling times for a person attempting recovery is often the first 90 days after leaving treatment. Returning home, familiar sights like drugs and alcohol left in the home can be triggering, while the realities of life—job pressures, family tension, bills piling up—can all be overwhelming. This is when a Recovery Coach can be most helpful.
ENCOURAGEMENT, GUIDANCE, AND SUPPORT
Recovery Coaches can help the recovering client navigate the treacherous path of early sobriety. They provide a bridge between the safe and secure world of inpatient treatment to the real world where all the old temptations lie in wait, ready to sabotage your recovery.
Recovery Coaches continue working with clients on a daily basis to help them establish habits and behaviors that encourage and reinforce a healthy lifestyle. They also help them connect with the local recovery community to find the resources they need to support their sobriety:
The goal of a Recovery Coach is to allow the client to find their own niche in the recovery world, reminding and encouraging them to have fun and explore new activities that are healing and supportive.
WHY USE A RECOVERY COACH WHEN YOU CAN GO TO AA AND GET A SPONSOR FOR FREE?
A Recovery Coach is not an AA sponsor. They possess many characteristics of a good sponsor, but a Recovery Coach does much more. Assessing what the client’s needs are, and recommending more than one suitable option is just the beginning. It’s like having your own personal case manager:
Unlike a volunteer sponsor, a Recovery Coach is a professional who works for you. They can be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will help you devise a plan with realistic daily goals, help keep you accountable to it, and continually reassess and make adjustments as you progress.
A good Recovery Coach leads by example. They share what’s worked in the past and what’s working now. They relate on a personal level with the client, meeting them exactly where they are, spiritually, mentally and physically. They not only help clients stay sober but also show them how to be happy and enjoy their sobriety.
Recovery Coaches can help create healthy boundaries in all areas of your life. They can teach communication skills to help you relate openly and honestly with family members and challenging relationships in your life. In the workplace, they can guide you on how to respond to questions and concerns of co-workers, customers, and colleagues, helping you learn what to say and what not to say.
PSYCHOSOCIAL RECOVERY COACH
WHAT IS A PSYCHOSOCIAL RECOVERY COACH?
A Psychosocial Recovery Coach is an NDIS support item for participants with a psychosocial disability who require support managing complex challenges of daily living.
Recovery coaches will focus on coaching participants to have greater participation in managing their lives, and will collaborate with other services to support and underpin these outcomes.
Recovery coaches will work collaboratively with participants, their families, carers and other services to design, plan and implement a recovery plan, and assist with the coordination of NDIS and other supports.
Participants will have the option of selecting a recovery coach with lived experience or a recovery coach with learnt knowledge of psychosocial disability and mental health.
WHAT IS A PSYCHOSOCIAL DISABILITY?
The NDIS Commission defines psychosocial disability as:
‘A mental health issue that affects people’s daily activities such as socialising or interacting with others in a social setting, learning or self-care, or their capacity to fully participate in society’.
Some of the specific disorders include:
People suffering from these issues may have substantially reduced functional capacity (ability to undertake) any of the following:
WHAT IS MEANT BY 'RECOVERY' UNDER THE NDIS?
The NDIA defines recovery as ‘achieving an optimal state of personal, social and emotional wellbeing, as defined by each individual, whilst living with or recovering from a mental health condition.’ For a more detailed view see ‘Psychosocial Disability Recovery and the NDIS‘.
Mental health experts agree that those experiencing psychosocial disability are likely to greatly benefit from having choices and feeling more in control of their daily living and self-management.
Social and economic participation are also empowering and can help overcome feelings of isolation and worthlessness.
Recovery coaches can facilitate these positive outcomes for increased wellbeing and quality of life.
WHAT DOES A RECOVERY COACH DO?
Specifically, the NDIS requires recovery coaches to: