It’s hard not to feel like it’s karmic retribution that addiction—which doesn’t take much effort to time to develop—requires so much time and effort to overcome, but just because it requires conviction and dedication doesn’t mean it’s not attainable. While we’re currently experiencing a shortage of recovering addicts compared to the many who seem to have resigned themselves to remain in active addiction, there are still many people overcoming this lethal sickness every day. Of course, that’s not to say that recovery is an event or a task that you can check off your to-do list. Instead, recovery is a way of life and an ongoing journey, so any resource you can find that will support that kind of thinking and reinforce your sobriety is worthy of your attention.
One such resource that has become somewhat “trendy” recently due to the Lohans and Kardashians of the world is the concept of having a sober coach. What is a sober coach? To be frank, it’s a rather expensive way of safeguarding your sobriety, by essentially paying someone to be your 24-hour, round-the-clock babysitter. The idea is that you’re paying this person to assume a fraction of your responsibility for remaining sober, and this individual attaches him or herself to you and guides you through your day-to-day life while helping you work your way through any situations that might have or would otherwise threaten your sobriety. However, while it may sound like a frivolous, unnecessary “luxury” expense—especially when you consider that the average rate for a sober coach is $1,000 per day—there are actually many benefits to going this route, assuming you’re able and/or willing to foot the cost.
Going to rehab and completing an addiction treatment program is the high-speed version of what the program is essentially preparing you to do for the rest of your life: identifying triggers and using your common sense to figure out how to overcome or address them without relapsing. Normally, you would assume this duty yourself after graduating from rehab, but there’s the option of hiring a sober coach to help with this. Your sober coach would be continuously watching your back, pointing out any potentially risky situations and identifying anything that might trigger a relapse, and helping you through the situation. This is especially helpful since many people in recovery would otherwise put less time and energy into this over time.
One of the worst things you can do after rehab is jump right back into the center of your old life; however, it’s also not a good idea to immediately shut out everything and everything you had know, isolating yourself from the world for fear of losing control. A sober coach can be particularly helpful to people who would isolate themselves as the coach could look out for him or her as the newly sober individual began building a new life, which includes making connections with new people, reconnecting with old relations, finding new hobbies and interests, and so on. Having a sober coach—who is likely to become a friend as well—to accompany you on this journey makes isolation much less likely.
After leaving rehab, people have the most difficulty remaining sober in those first weeks and months. This difficult period can last up to a year, which is why the rate of success in recovery is exponentially higher after that first year. However, when people are in recovery on their own, they sometimes get the idea in their heads that they can use just once without anyone knowing and it’ll do no harm. Unfortunately, it only takes one time to lose control, and before they know it they’re right back to where they started. But having a sober coach gives a person a source of real-time feedback, able to offer advice and keep a person focused on staying sober rather than testing his or her limits.
The most obvious shortcoming of rehab is that it offers people a safe, drug-free environment in which to learn crucial skills that will help them maintain their sobriety, but as soon as patients walk out the door they lose that continuous, round-the-clock resource. However, a sober coach can offer you a replacement for a stint at rehab in that your coach can teach you more skills and strategies to sustain your sobriety on an ongoing basis rather than just for the duration of rehab. Not only is this reassuring, but it’s also practical as having a coach continually teaching you recovery strategies can only reinforce your sobriety.
Another major problem that people often have after rehab and that often results in relapse is complacency. Once they return home and are able to remain sober for a period of time—maybe a couple months or even a year—they become overly confident and feel invincible, which causes them to put themselves in risky situations that test their strength of will. This is a very, very common cause of relapse among people in early recovery, but having a sober coach helps keep people in a more active recovery mode. Instead of becoming complacent, a sober coach is always helping them to learn new strategies or consider their recovery from new perspectives. In short, since the learning process is ongoing, they never reach a point of stasis where they feel they’ve become invulnerable to temptation.
Addiction recovery is an ongoing, lifelong journey. People who leave rehab and all of its teachings behind them have very little chance of staying sober. Additionally, those who don’t access the resources they need to achieve lasting sobriety have little chance of staying sober as well. That’s where we come in. Intervention Services can help you or your loved one find the resources needed to achieve long-lasting recovery. For more information or if you have any questions, call Intervention Services toll-free at 877-478-4621. Don’t wait another moment to regain you health, independence, and happiness.