What is a Sober Coach?
A sober coach helps facilitate the action steps that are necessary to remain sober and live life, as well as support the individual in challenges that come up in everyday activities. For most people getting sober is like being re-born, everything seems new and fresh. When the individual is in the decision making phase of what to do with his/her life, (i.e., going back to school and/or work, changing jobs) the anxiety and fear of the novelty of sober life can be debilitating without the right support in place. Structuring day to day activities can be a lot harder than one might anticipate. Peace of mind, fun and happiness are hard to achieve in sobriety without the necessary life skills.
A sober coach helps support the individual in catching up with missed time and building up life skills that were not learned. Individualized goals are set weekly with each person to fit his/her own personal strengths and challenges. An empowerment approach is used to build self-esteem and confidence.
A sober coach works with individuals at all stages of sobriety (all ages); whether the person is leaving residential treatment, a psychiatric facility, currently in sober living, in an outpatient/day-patient program, in their own home, in the process of transitioning from sober living/treatment to their own home, or recently relapsed.
A sober coach initially meets with the individual 3 times per week for one-hour sessions, (frequency & length of sessions evaluated monthly and/or bi-monthly). Location of meetings will vary depending on where the client is in their sobriety and what the person is currently working on, (i.e., person’s home, sober living house, coffee shop, hiking trails, beach, etc). In addition, the sober coach is on-call by phone from 9am to 9pm, 5 days a week. This service alone can help prevent relapses and supports individuals with crises that come up in between sessions.
What sober coaching is NOT:
* Life Coach
* Sober Companion
* Treatment Program
* Personal Assistant
A sober coach is a support that individuals utilize in addition to the above necessary resources.