Addiction and Recovery
Addiction destroys the lives of millions every year. At Zen Wellness Academy we offer confidential innovative substance and behavioral abuse coaching programs to help clients break the cycle of abuse and repair the damage it has caused in their lives.
Addiction Life Coaching
Addiction life coaches deal with alcoholics, drug addicts, gamblers, sex addicts, kleptomaniacs, and any number of other types of addicts. They also work with people who have just left jail and need help adjusting to life outside while overcoming their criminal addiction. Recently divorced people or over-spenders benefit from addiction life coaching, by gaining the skills to recover financially and fix their credit.
The main purpose of an addiction life coach is to help guide you toward improving your life and reaching your goals for sobriety and/or abstinence. Together, we will come up with a plan and a specific set of objectives; a holistic method of healing that works under the assumption that enjoying life in recovery will usually lead to maintaining recovery.
The main goal is to form a solid recovery groundwork; focusing on finding your strengths; like resourcefulness, creativity, and resilience; to overcome challenges… discovering within yourself the things you truly want to achieve in life — reaffirming that recovery is worth the hard work.
During the coaching sessions, we will discuss what you want to talk about. This type of coaching focuses mostly on doing and living in the here and now, rather than feeling or focusing on the past. This helps an addict feel less alone and have someone to talk to at any time. The coach acts as a guide to staying sober and on the right path by imputing new decision-making skills.
Addiction life coaches are partners in finding the solutions from within, and clearly defining one’s own life path in recovery.
Addiction life coaching touches many aspects of an addict’s life. Discussing important issues with someone whose opinions are completely unbiased can impart a new outlook and provide perspective into what really matters. People who work with addiction life coaches report gaining a whole new awareness of the world around them. They are amazed that suddenly everything they do seems charged with purpose. They know what they will and will not tolerate, and begin making choices that lead to greater health and happiness. They also begin to realize that life should be taken seriously and bad decisions have consequences. With these new skills, recovery can mean being able to enjoy life more fully.
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 make connections with the local recovery community finding resources needed for sobriety:
• appropriate twelve-step meetings,
• therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other medical support staff,
• outpatient programs ensuring clients get an appropriate level of support,
• a gym, yoga studio, or athletic activity groups, such as a running or cycling club,
• a sponsor to take them through their 12-step recovery program.
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 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 coworkers, customers, and colleagues, helping you learn what to say and what not to say.
Check out all seven coaching programs at the top, under Coaching.