What is a Recovery Coach?

By O'Connor Professional Group

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A recovery coach is a highly trained person whose goal is to improve the life of a client in recovery. They do this by helping their clients make decisions and solve problems to ensure that the journey of recovery be as enjoyable as possible.

Recovery coaches can help a number of people including those recovering from substance addiction and those recovering from an eating disorder. It is important to note that recovery coaches are not therapists. Recovery coaches focus on present issues and help plan the future. They offer support and accountability to help clients stay on track with self-made recovery plans and goals. More specifically, recovery coaching includes a number of services such as vocational coaching, academic support, yoga and meditation/mindfulness training, self-help meeting navigation, time and stress management, physical fitness, budgeting and financial planning, nutritional guidance, transportation, social activities and community integration, and medication monitoring.

Recovery coaching can be particularly helpful during certain time periods of a person’s recovery. For example, a recovery coach can help ease a client’s transition back into the community after a residential treatment period or to accompany their outpatient clinical services. Overall, however, recovery coaches are found to successfully help their clients in recovery regardless of where those clients are in their recovery journey. In fact, many studies have shown that people are far less likely to relapse with the help of a recovery coach within their first year of sobriety. An indicative pilot study found that out of 100 patients who got help from a recovery coach, only 26 relapsed and 90% of those who relapsed got back into recovery.
Ultimately, recovery coaching is about helping a recovering person enjoy their journey to long-term health and sobriety.

Read more about OPG’s Therapeutic Recovery Coaching Services.


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