Should I Get a Recovery Coach?

should i get a recovery coach

Recovering from addiction can be a tedious process, but do you know that there are coaches that can help ease the burden and show that you are not alone in this process of pursuing sobriety? These coaches are called recovery coaches. At Footprints of Serenity, our mission is to help our clients succeed right where they are, while providing each of our clients with the resources they need to fit all of their unique individualized needs. We not only offer interventions, but we also offer recovery coaching as well!

 

What Is a Recovery Coach?

A recovery coach is someone who mentors a client who is recovering from an addiction. The recovery coach will provide guidance and help remove barriers by guiding the client throughout their recovery process. These coaches will reassure and affirm health & wellness in each of our recovery clients. They will help our clients see that their life is worthy and resourceful during this recovery process. Our coaches stand by our mission in making sure that each client receives individualized treatment for sobriety, recovery, and abstinence. The recovery coaches help our clients maintain a healthy and happy life throughout this recovery process which helps prevent relapse. In order to do this, the recovery coaches assist the recovering addicts in finding their own values and strengths. It’s common for addicts to lose their sense of self when they’re using drugs or alcohol, so it’s important in early sobriety to figure out who you are again!

According to the Association for Addiction Professionals, there are different roles that recovery coaches take on. These roles consist of many different things. 

  • Motivator & Cheerleader – motivates and encourages.
  • Ally & Confidant – loyal and trustworthy.
  • Truth Teller – honest and does not sugar coat things.
  • Role Model & Mentor – offers their own life as an example.
  • Problem Solver – assists in problem solving and non-judgmental.
  • Resource Broker – helps find a linkage in the community of support. 
  • Advocate – assists clients in protecting their rights. 
  • Community Organizer – helps the clients establish a network of support.
  • Lifestyle Consultant – offers feedback on the client’s recovery lifestyle.
  • Friend & Companion – shows the client that they are equal and a friend. 

How Do Recovery Coaches Help in Recovery?

Recovery coaches help within the recovery process in many different ways. As stated previously, recovery coaches help remove our client’s personal and environmental obstacles that are in the way of our clients reaching sobriety. The coaches guide our clients throughout the recovery process and help our clients reach their full potential while investing in a healthy lifestyle. This can be done by removing certain triggers and potential harm from the client’s environment and within their own mind. Recovery coaches create a mindset of positivity throughout the client’s life during this recovery time. This positivity is created physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. For example, the recovery coach will help find support within the community, find resources for recovery, and become a friend and ally to their clients.

 

Should You Get a Recovery Coach?

The key to a successful recovery from addiction and maintaining sobriety is changing one’s mindspace that has been created throughout their addiction. A recovery coach is someone who is willing to help you right where you are in this recovery process. A recovery coach meets you there and helps you become the best person you can be while maintaining sobriety. It is helpful to have someone rooting for you and to have someone that is in your corner. We believe in our clients preferences and we are flexible to any and all of the needs that our individual clients may have. It is truly up to the client in deciding if they think that a recovery coach is something that they wish to have/that they will benefit from.

 

How Footprints of Serenity Can Help

If having the benefits of a recovery coach is something that you or a loved one would like to experience, reach out to us. Here at Footprints of Serenity, we want to help our clients have the best recovery process possible in the simplest way possible. Contact us today for more information!

Relapse Prevention Tips

tips for preventing relapse

Relapse: the elephant in the recovery room. The thing that looms over every recovering addict’s head. It can happen at any time, sneak up on you when you least expect it. Will today be the day that I use again? Will tomorrow be? Although it’s very common to experience these thoughts in recovery, you definitely don’t have to have them. At Footprints of Serenity, we want to rid the elephant of the room. We want to openly talk about relapse and let you know that with the right coping strategies, relapse is preventable. 

So, What Is a Relapse?

Relapse is the term used when an addict is in recovery and starts using drugs or alcohol again. Relapses can happen at any time. Sometimes someone relapses right after they complete detox and sometimes people relapse after being sober for 10 years. Like an addiction, relapse can take many shapes and forms. Relapse can be a vicious cycle of getting sober, making a mistake, feeling bad, then using again. Relapse can also be an ‘innocent’ slip up – like having one drink because nothing will happen to you if you just drink one beer. 

Relapse is common in recovery and sobriety so if you have relapsed, don’t let it get in the way of you getting sober again. Just because you relapse doesn’t mean you can never achieve long term sobriety. Whether you’re new to recovery or have relapsed, below are some tips on how to prevent a future relapse. 

How to Prevent a Relapse

There are a few tips that people can follow to help them maintain sobriety. Some of the most important tips to remember include:

Tip 1: Although relapse can technically happen at any time during your sobriety, there are warning signs that will let you know you’re on the brink of relapse. All relapses will start in your mind before anything actually happens. If you can be in tune with yourself, and spot the mental signs, you can reach out for help before it happens. Common signs are feeling like you want to isolate, feeling hopeless or like nothing else matters, feeling angry, feeling unmotivated to take care of yourself, starting to think about what it would be like to drink or do drugs again. 

Tip 2: Be aware of how you’re feeling. This includes both physically and emotionally. If you aren’t totally aware that you’re anxious, depressed, or angry often, you may not be able to realize you’re on the verge of a relapse. All of the negative feelings mentioned can trigger drug or alcohol use. By staying in touch with your emotions, you can determine whether or not you need to talk to someone, attend a support group, or do some self-care, instead of turning to drugs or alcohol. 

Tip 3: Stay busy and productive. Boredom is going to happen from time to time and it is important to learn ways to manage boredom in recovery. Constructive hobbies like exercise, reading, and writing, are all healthy ways to cope with boredom. Feelings of excessive boredom and restlessness can lead to feelings of not having a purpose, which can lead to a relapse. 

 

Tip 4: Prioritize sobriety. The most effective relapse prevention tip is to work at recovery every day. Unfortly addiction is a chronic disease. There’s no magic pill you can take to make it go away. Actively working on recovery daily can look like a lot of things: you can attend 12-step support groups, you can meditate, you can make a gratitude list, or go to individual therapy. Addiction is different for everyone so it’s only natural that working at sobriety is different for everyone as well.

If you’re sober and experience a relapse, don’t be discouraged. Relapsing doesn’t mean you will never be sober. Relapse is just a bump in the road. The most important thing to do if you relapse is examine why it happened. You can then use that information in the future to avoid future relapses. 

We’re Here to Help

At Footprints of Serenity, we are a drug & alcohol intervention service provider located in the gorgeous area of Southern California. We also provide services such as recovery coaches, recovery companionship, detox placement, treatment placement, addiction counseling, relapse prevention, and transportation for your recovery needs. Reach out to us today & let us know how we can help you. 

Use gratitude to stay focused during and beyond addiction recovery

An important part of overcoming addiction is improving your lifestyle for the better. For some, this takes the shape of focusing on health and wellness and for others, it involves more meditation, greater spirituality and a deeper connection with others. Gratitude can also be an important part of a focused recovery effort because it provides a deeper appreciation for the positive parts of your life. 

Correlate gratitude and compassion 

Many addiction recovery programs, including the services provided by Footprints of Serenity in Beverly Hills, offer a compassionate treatment environment. By focusing on care and companionship through all aspects of the recovery process, your journey to sobriety will be less harsh and uncertain. Learning to express gratitude can help you better accept the loving assistance of others and lean on the help provided to you when the path gets rocky. 

Develop a grateful attitude and outlook

For many battling addiction, the world does not seem like a happy place. Negative emotions, including feelings of despair as you attempt to sober up, can overwhelm your life. During recovery, starting a daily or regular practice of gratitude helps you gradually change your mindset. By acknowledging what you have, how you feel and how others have helped you, you start to reprogram how you feel about life. When you realize what you have — even when it’s primarily intangibles like health, a clear mind or a committed family — it is so much easier to be happy. As your outlook improves, you may find it easier to stay sober. 

Explore gratitude and recovery 

Expressing gratitude for the addiction recovery process itself also reinforces your acceptance of sobriety and its value in your life. By regularly acknowledging how your life has improved, you commit to continuing on the journey. This can take place as part of a solo journaling habit, daily affirmations or in the presence of others at recovery meetings and counseling sessions. Focus on thanking those who have helped you along the way and less on the negative aspects of your life, such as friends or family who are unsupportive. By doing so, you lessen the power of the negative acts by inflating the positive.

Embrace simple efforts 

Grateful feelings do not always have to apply to sobriety or other weighty topics. You can be appreciative for so many different things — large and small. You can reflect on these privately and also say “thank you” more daily. When a barista nails your coffee order, that is a win. If a person holds the elevator door for you, you can tell them thank you and pay it forward to make yourself feel even better. Try to make it a regular habit to make the day of one person brighter and enjoy the positive feelings it brings. Over time, the short burst of joy will become a regular feeling as considering the feelings of others becomes second nature.

Experience little treasures

As you start to see the world through new, sober eyes, you may start to notice little things more as your senses return to “normal.” Embrace those new sensations and remember how it feels to be totally in touch with the world. Gratitude can include loving the sounds of leaves crunching under your feet on your morning walk with your dog or appreciating the clarity of downtown lights without a buzz. 

Learn how to face struggles

A practice of gratitude isn’t 100% easy. You must also be able to face struggles with an open mind and a strategic plan instead of crumbling under their weight. See new challenges, such as a difficult conversation with a family member or friend, as an opportunity to improve your life instead of a weight making you feel oppressed. 

Establish a gratitude ritual

Giving thanks daily should become a part of your life. In the beginning, it will likely be more purposeful. Daily journaling of a few things you are grateful for helps you acknowledge the good and hard parts of life. It can help you sort through difficult emotions as you search for the bright spots in a day that felt dark and gloomy overall. 

As time goes by, helping others and acknowledging positive acts is likely to become second nature, and you may find daily journaling feels less necessary. This is perfectly fine. However, you should always be ready to pick up the writing or typing habit again if you start to feel less hope.

For the more spiritually inclined, daily meditation and prayer can serve the same purpose as a gratitude journal. If you prefer action more than reflection, flip the script and express your gratitude out loud. Speak words of thanks to others more frequently and with more meaning and start a dialogue on gratitude with your friends and family.