Living with behavioral health concerns can turn daily tasks into major challenges. Those in recovery from addiction, living with severe anxiety, or struggling with PTSD may find simple things like going to work or attending social events exceedingly complicated. It can be hard to go about life when worried about encountering a trigger and concerned about how one will react. It can also be difficult to simply balance day-to-day activities with clinical or therapeutic needs. If you’re interested in regaining the confidence and freedom to live life without worrying about these kinds of limitations, you might be a good candidate for assistance from a therapeutic recovery companion.
What is a Therapeutic Recovery Companion?
If you have ever wished that you had a helping hand or compassionate ear when your behavioral health interferes with your daily life, you have felt the void that a therapeutic recovery companion can fill. These professionals provide intensive support on long- or short-term bases and accompany you throughout your day. Therapeutic recovery companions offer a sense of safety and stability and to help you to work through difficulties when tasks become overwhelming. A therapeutic recovery companion may come from a variety of backgrounds, including clinical or medical professions, residential or outpatient recovery settings or social services arenas. Their skills and qualifications often include medication management, coaching, rehabilitation experience, or personal assisting.
Whether you are struggling at work, at school, or in your personal life, a therapeutic recovery companion can be a valuable resource in rebuilding your confidence and finding a routine that works for you. Unlike full-time caretakers, companions are not responsible for controlling your actions or dictating your schedule – they provide support and advice as you learn to handle day-to-day responsibilities and to be fully accountable for your actions. Their goal is to help you build your independence at a pace that is comfortable for you.
Is a Therapeutic Recovery Companion Right for Me?
Those in recovery from a substance use disorder may have heard therapeutic recovery companions referred to as sober companions or sober coaches. This care model can be applied to health concerns other than substance abuse or addiction – those who struggle with other mental health disorders can be equally in need of a companion to help them adjust to the pressures of daily life. A good candidate for a therapeutic recovery companion might be:
- Transitioning out of residential treatment
- Unable to participate in a residential program due to work or personal responsibilities
- Temporarily traveling and away from their usual support system
- In an unstable stage of life like a career shift or location change
- Attending an event with known triggers
- Participating in other treatment during the day (e.g., intensive outpatient programming, therapy, etc.) but could benefit from more support at other times of day
Therapeutic Recovery Companions at OPG
At O’Connor Professional Group, our therapeutic recovery companions are trained to provide intensive support to a range of individuals. Whether you or your loved one needs help maintaining stability in the community, is attempting to get into a productive daily routine, or is transitioning from a structured residential program, our therapeutic companions can serve as a stabilizing force through transitions or difficult times. Our therapeutic companions can also be used on an ad hoc basis — supporting a professional during an out-of-town business trip, attending a family event with a client worried about known triggers (e.g., alcohol at a wedding), or monitoring someone in a hotel until a residential bed in a facility becomes available.
Our companions are also available to facilitate safe transports for clients. We handle travel logistics and the therapeutic companion accompanies the individual through potentially stressful situations (e.g., traveling to treatment centers), ensuring their safe arrival at the intended destination.
OPG therapeutic companions are:
- Available nationally and internationally in a timely manner
- Knowledgeable professionals capable of rapidly developing rapport even in the most challenging of circumstances
- Supported by an administrative infrastructure that allows for smooth logistical planning, service coordination, and client safety
- Trained and supervised closely by OPG clinical supervisors
- Collaborative with multidisciplinary teams that may include advisors, lawyers, clinical professionals, family members, and/or employers
- Matched to a range of clinical needs, personality profiles, and interests
- Skilled at navigating high-risk situations and troubleshooting client crises
- Able to fulfill short-term (1–2 days) and long-term (weeks or months) assignments
Contact O’Connor Professional Group
If you or your loved one might be in need of any of our services, please don’t hesitate to reach out and schedule a consultation. Our services are designed to make your therapy or recovery process easy for you, ensuring that you can focus on your healing without additional worries or concerns. Call us today at 617-221-8764 to get started.