Finding support after addiction treatment is important to both the person leaving treatment and their families. Most addiction treatment centres advertise an aftercare service and though this can be useful, often is really not enough.
Support after Addiction
A client leaving the safe environment of a rehab is in a very vulnerable situation and it is in these first few months that a relapse is most likely to happen. There are of course support groups such as 12 step fellowships and for those interested in attending are a valuable resource, Unfortunately, alternatives to the 12 step fellowships or additional individual support has been hard to find.
A Recovery Coach supporting a person in recovery is relatively new to the UK and has bridged the gap between treatment and solid recovery. Motivating a person to find their way and giving practical, non judgmental advice, offering recovery tools from training and their own experience makes a Recovery Coach an asset to anyone looking for help.
Not everyone who needs help in finding or maintaining recovery from addiction has been to a treatment centre. I have clients who have not needed or wanted to go into a rehab, and yet have found that they needed specific direction to find their way into recovery, and support in learning how to find a successful life, substance free.
As a Recovery Coach I have to be flexible and open minded in my approach. Your recovery is your own and is whatever you see it as. One of the first things I do with a new client is find out what your goals are. We then look at how I can help you achieve them. Sometimes that can mean quitting a specific substance. It might be to become completely abstinent, or changing a behaviour. Each individual has their own ideal outcome, I try to help you achieve and exceed that.