Part of recovery and avoiding relapse involves gaining new life skills and having a new vision for your life. One way to work through specific issues and keep on learning and growing is to work with a certified Recovery Coach. Sponsors in 12-step programs focus on the steps and traditions to help people stay clean and sober. Recovery coaches are not necessarily affiliated with a 12-step program and focus on the present and future in helping clients make lifestyle changes and move forward to meet their goals and increase their life satisfaction.
Recovery Coaches International
This organization was created by a worldwide team of coaches to advance, promote, and provide coaching to the addiction recovery community. Through the process of Recovery Coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life. In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client toward action. Recovery Coaching accelerates the client’s progress in recovery by providing greater focus and awareness of choices, actions, and responsibility. Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to improve their life. Use the Find a Coach button on the left menu bar to locate a coach in your geographic area.
International Coach Federation (ICF)
Founded in 1995, ICF is a global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. This nonprofit organization includes Life Coaches, Executive Coaches, Leadership Coaches and many more from around the world.
ICF offers three levels of credentials: Associate Certified Coach (ACC): 60 hrs of coach specific training and 100 hrs of coaching experience with client; Professional Certified Coach (PCC): 125 hrs of coach specific training & 750 hrs of coaching experience with clients Master Certified Coach (MCC): 200 hrs of coach specific training, 2500 hrs of coaching experience with clients, demonstrated leadership within the profession. To find a coach through their member directory, visit: www.coachfederation.org/clients/crs
Reis Coaching specializes in working with addiction recovery clients in all stages of recovery. The program focuses on the client’s agenda which may include creating a comprehensive recovery plan and life vision, acquiring emotional sobriety, understanding and working through the signs of emotional relapse and post-acute withdrawal, effectively managing everyday challenges and relationships, or dealing with life after rehab or counseling. No single or particular way of achieving or maintaining sobriety is used. The coaching process provides greater focus and awareness of choices, actions and responsibility. Various coaching packages done over the phone or Skype are available including 3 60-minute sessions for $315, 6 one-hour sessions for $540, and 12 one-hour sessions for $960 or 12 40-minute sessions for $780. There is an initial free 30 minute consultation.