As a recovery coach, it can be challenging at times to find the right words to help encourage sobriety. It’s important to keep a positive and open mindset. Many people who’ve struggled with addiction will learn to expect judgement from others, because they’ve been on the receiving end of it for so long. It is the goal of the recovery coach to make sure that the person feels accepted.
A person seeking a recovery coach needs to know they can trust them and be open with them. By encouraging this openness, you can help someone find healthier ways to live their life. Often, a relapse happens because of a stressful time in the person’s life. They’ve always dealt with their issues by turning to a substance, but now need to find a way to work through the stress in a healthier way. Helping find healthy habits to develop, especially when stress springs up, can help them avoid a relapse.
It’s also important to encourage recovering addicts to stay away from situations that put substances in their reach. When people are first recovering from addiction, they may not feel strong enough to put themselves in certain situations, like going to the bar with friends. While they are going through these beginning stages, it’s so important that they avoid putting themselves in situations that could cause them to stumble.
As a recovery coach you’re there to be a support. You’re not there to tell them what they can or can’t do, but rather to support them along the way, and provide them with positive feedback. You can encourage the people you’re working with to seek out positive relationships and healthy hobbies. If they like to read, suggest some good books that can help. Talk to them about picking up an exercise routine or taking a cooking class. When you get to know the person, you can help identify hobbies that they may enjoy doing.
Let them know that they can talk with you. Sometimes people who are recovering from addiction can turn inward or back to friends who aren’t sober. They feel safe there and understood. But, the recovery coach’s role is to provide support, to be there for the person and help them work through issues in a more positive way. Be a positive outlet, have patience, and help identify how to live without substance abuse.