Therapeutic Recovery Coaching

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Over time, addiction and mental health disorders can become all-consuming. Those who struggle with them may lose interest in old hobbies; the things that used to make them tick might no longer motivate them. Compulsions and cravings can take a powerful hold and result in poor self-care, from unfulfilled emotional needs to neglected hygiene. While many residential recovery centers aim to restore healthy habits, the short time spent in these programs may not be enough to help rebuild all that was lost. For clients who need extra support and guidance as they transition back into sober, independent life, the services of a therapeutic recovery coach can be immensely helpful.

At O’Connor Professional Group, therapeutic recovery coaches help clients with a wide variety of activities that range from improving executive functioning skills to finding new sources of purpose in the world. These coaches help clients learn and develop ways to feel confident and fulfilled, nurture healthy habits and build supportive relationships as they navigate life after treatment. Whether a client needs a renewed sense of professional direction, is struggling to fill free time with healthy hobbies or is simply feeling “lost” in life, a therapeutic recovery coach helps them rediscover their passions and find new enthusiasm.

Therapeutic recovery coaches also empower individuals to define their goals and provide support and accountability to help clients stay on track to meet them. Having something to aim for — like a job, a degree or a fitness goal — helps to remind those in recovery that there is so much more to live for than the next high, or that disorders like depression and anxiety can be overcome. A coach can help clients break down broader goals into smaller accomplishments, not only making them attainable but providing a sense of achievement every time a step is taken. Coaches also work closely with treatment teams to ensure a unified approach to a client’s goal. When everyone is on the same page, clients can stay focused and take recovery one step at a time. 

How Our Coaches Help

Our therapeutic recovery coaches can help their clients find fulfillment in recovery through a variety of coaching avenues. Below is a comprehensive list of possible services from which our clients can choose the kinds of guidance that are appropriate for them. An initial consultation will also help determine which services are needed for each specific case, though these may be subject to change as treatment and recovery progress.

Vocational Coaching

Finding career and academic interests gives our clients a sense of purpose and also allows them to discover and hone their talents. Vocational coaching may include:

  • Exploring career/academic options
  • Vocational testing
  • Resume building
  • Job application support

Academic Support

Whether our clients are seeking higher education for the first time or want to go back to school for a different degree, our coaches help them explore their options and simplify the process. Academic guidance may include:

  • Researching academic options
  • Coordinating credit transfers
  • Study skill support

Yoga and Meditation/Mindfulness Training

Learning to calm the mind and refocus the thoughts helps many of those in recovery overcome the psychological challenges of addiction or mental health disorders. Practicing yoga and meditation properly is an important skill. Our coaches can provide:

  • Meditation guidance
  • Mindfulness education
  • Exploring local meditation/yoga resources

Self-Help Meeting Navigation

Attending regular community meetings is proven to be one of the best ways that individuals in recovery can find support and eliminate feelings of isolation. Therapeutic recovery coaches help with:

  • Identifying appropriate meetings
  • Accompanying clients to meetings

Executive Functioning Support

For those returning to work or household management, it’s vital to hone time and task management skills. Executive functioning support may include:

  • Supporting the initiation and management of tasks
  • Developing the ability to self-monitor

Physical Fitness

Staying physically healthy can not only improve mental health, but it can also be an excellent way to socialize and develop a new hobby. Physical fitness assistance might include:

  • Locating specific fitness centers
  • Engaging in rock climbing, working out, hiking and biking with clients

Budgeting and Financial Planning

Independent life requires the ability to manage money responsibly. Our coaches can help our clients with:

  • Creating and maintaining a budget
  • Utilizing a specific credit card that limits spending

Nutritional Guidance

Eating a healthy diet affects day-to-day energy, mood and mental capacity. It’s important to eat well in recovery in order to feel strong enough to continue with treatment and sobriety. Examples of nutritional guidance are:

  • Creating and budgeting balanced grocery list
  • Accompanying clients to the grocery store
  • Cooking meals and supporting clients in making healthy choices in restaurants

Transportation

It’s common for those in recovery to be unable to drive themselves, whether due to legal difficulties or medical restrictions. Our coaches can help with:

  • Driving clients to local appointments
  • Support in navigating public transportation

Interpersonal Skill Development

Recovery cannot be sustained alone; support systems are necessary for long-term health and fulfillment. Our coaches help clients build a permanent support system with services including:

  • Connections to appropriate peer networks
  • Coaching about developing healthy relationships

Social Activities and Community Integration

Finding a new circle of friends who support a lifestyle of recovery is part of staying in control of mental health disorders or addiction. Therapeutic recovery coaches assist with:

  • Connecting clients with local resources based on areas of interest
  • Attending social events with clients

Exposure Work

Facing fears and learning how to overcome them is necessary for clients who have specific concerns that bring out mental health symptoms or addiction cravings. Exposure work includes:

  • Coaching around fear foods, triggers or experiences

Medication Monitoring

If a client has been prescribed medications to help them manage their mental health or substance use disorder, it’s essential that they take them as directed. Our coaches can help with:

  • Assisting with pill cassette organization
  • Providing medication checks
  • Providing reminder prompts as needed

Environmental Support

A calming and stress-free environment helps immensely with managing symptoms. We want our clients to feel that their homes or daily environments are safe spaces. Our coaches may help with:

  • Removing triggers from the home environment
  • Organization of living space

Time and Stress Management

Staying busy helps keep addiction and mental health symptoms at bay, but it’s important not to overextend. Our coaches help clients strike a balance by:

  • Creating balanced behavioral schedules
  • Supervising difficult tasks
  • Teaching stress management strategies
  • Providing prompts for task completion

Independent Living Skills Development

For many of those in recovery, learning to be independent and live on their own is a significant marker of accomplishment. Our coaches can help with:

  • Guidance around maintaining good hygiene
  • Personal health and safety

Coping and Interpersonal Skill Building

Understanding how to manage one’s symptoms on one’s own means that our clients can learn to be self-sufficient and independent, rather than relying on others to get by. Coaching services may include:

  • Reinforcement of DBT skills in coordination with the treatment team
  • Behavioral rehearsal of coping strategies
  • Modeling of social norms and healthy relationship boundaries

Personal Identity and Lifestyle Choices

Rebuilding a sense of self and individuality restores purpose and meaning to a client’s life. Our coaches provide:

  • Support around exploration of self
  • Encouragement of self-awareness and understanding consequences

Our therapeutic coaches work with clients and their clinical teams to determine which areas of need are most important to address and in what order. Short and long-term goals can be established and adjusted over time, as can the intensity of the services.

Contact O’Connor Professional Group 

If you or someone close to you might benefit from therapeutic recovery coaching or any of the services we offer, we invite you to reach out and schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience. The OPG team is here to help make your experience with recovery as seamless as possible. Call us today at 617-910-3940 to get started.

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