Coaching is a relatively new field with the aim of facilitating meaningful and positive change in client’s lives. It is evidence based and highly regarded in the business and academic worlds. It is rapidly expanding into other areas where people might want to improve their lives such as health and wellness, family and relationships, sports and artistic performance, and, in my case, addiction recovery. Coaching used to be reserved for people in the highest echelons of our culture, such as corporate executives or top artists, but because of it’s documented record¹ of actually helping people, it’s expanding fast.
Recovery coaching is not therapy or sponsorship, though it is no less effective in facilitating real change. Recovery coaching uses motivational techniques and specific kinds of empathic listening (both of which, again, are backed by research). It is partnership of equals between coach and client, not a guru-student, I-know-better-than-you authoritarian relationship.
As a coach, I do not give advice. I reflect, and I help you identify YOUR OWN felt sense of the next steps. By searching together for the best path forward, we uncover better and more compelling possibilities. In terms of addiction recovery, that might mean that we DO NOT opt for one-size-fits-all solutions. For example, rehab or 12-step groups may not be best for some people. Instead, we might come up with something completely unique to your personality and motivation.
After we choose a path, I gently but firmly hold you accountable for taking those steps. I provide encouragement where needed and help you move forward.