You are either working on recovery or working on a relapse
Stepping back into a life that was once held together (yet also pulled apart) by an addiction can feel daunting and overwhelming. The very thing that helped you survive has now gone. “Will people see me differently? Will I have the confidence to make the decisions I used to? How will I deal with the stress? How can I let go of the shame? Who is the real me?”
By being strategic, having a coach, and putting a structure in place, you’ll have the best opportunity for long term recovery.
Feed your recovery, not a relapse.
Relapse begins long before the first drink, drug use or other addictive behaviour. It actually starts when we have a dip in our mental, emotional, physical or spiritual wellness journey by feeding our ‘bad’ wolf.
All the aspects of that wolf like shame, envy, greed, arrogance, guilt and resentment are part of every human being. Strong emotions aren't bad and are, in fact, data for us to take notice of. But, feeding those emotions and experiences causes damage. Feeding that wolf will only serve to strengthen it and, for someone in recovery, that’s detrimental.
Recovery coaching will provide you with much more than just sobriety.
It’s an opportunity to focus on making positive decisions in all areas of your life, of which recovery is the absolute foundation stone.
It’s also an opportunity to dive deep into your 'why', the fire that fuels you, to focus on what really matters and act as your North Star in leading an intentional life full of purpose.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor Frankl
Stimulus can refer to anything in our environment: people, places, things. Our response can show itself in a myriad of ways: procrastination, anger, relapse.
By working in the ‘space’ between the two, a response to the stimulus can be managed with awareness, truth and remembering your purpose. By managing our lives with more attention and intention, we encounter more rewarding, remarkable and empowering experiences.
Recovery happens by change, not by chance.
Recovery coaching is a non-clinical, self-directed, strengths-based partnership between coach and client with the goal of achieving long-term recovery and improved quality of life. Recovery coaching is confidential.
A recovery coach helps individuals on the path of recovery, before, during, and after treatment. The coach assists the client with identifying and overcoming barriers to recovery, including stigma, shame and stress.
What is recovery coaching?
Recovery coaching is a non-clinical, self-directed, strengths-based partnership between coach and client with the goal of achieving long-term recovery and improved quality of life.
As a recovery coach, I help individuals on the path of recovery, before, during, and after treatment. I assist clients with identifying and overcoming barriers to recovery, including stigma and shame.
What are the benefits of recovery coaching?
Triggers will be alive in our day-to-day world, so it’s imperative to create a watertight strategy to manage how we react to those threats to recovery.
By being strategic, having a coach, and putting a structure in place for your recovery, you’ll have the best opportunity for long term recovery.
Some of the many benefits include:
- My assistance with navigating your recovery journey
- Learning evidence-based tools for behavioural change
- Habit forming and goal setting
- Adopting a more balanced and holistic approach to life
- Developing effective practices to help with emotional regulation
- Mindfulness practices for stress reduction and resilience
- Accountability and ongoing support.
How do I know if recovery coaching is for me?
I provide coaching for individuals who are seeking a supportive and proactive coach to stay aligned to what they want to achieve in life and ensure they maintain intentional, strong recovery. This includes identifying and overcoming barriers to recovery, including stigma and shame.
Recovery coaching might be for you if you:
- have just finished a rehab program
- are under pressure in your executive role
- are looking to strengthen your recovery journey
- are feeling ‘wobbly’ and overwhelmed with too much on your plate with work, family life and recovery.
How do sessions work?
Sessions are online, which is least disruptive to your day and allows us to work together wherever you are in the world.
Each session is 60 minutes. However, if there is greater urgency for change, I offer 90 minute appointments.
I usually coach clients once a week for a minimum of 8 weeks. We then review progress and decide whether further sessions would be useful. Later in a coaching program, fortnightly or monthly sessions can be suitable.
However, people are individuals, and each coaching arrangement is unique and tailored to meet the goals you want to achieve. Many of my clients contract my services as a long-term, ongoing agreement. Some need intense coaching support for a week or more when they first leave a treatment centre. In our initial call, we will discuss the best option for you.
What is your approach?
As your recovery coach I will help you identify your blind spots or triggers, and work with you to develop and strengthen a set of tools to keep you on track, even in the most challenging situations. I’ll also be there to ground you with support, guidance and accountability for when things feel tough.
While recovery from substance use is the primary focus, I address your whole life, encompassing health and wellness, self-care, and coping skills.
My coaching method includes evidence-based psychological and behaviour change methods, and neuroscience. I do not ascribe to one particular pathway – my approach honours individuality. I tailor our work together using a range of strategies for the best outcomes.
I help you dive deep into your purpose, your ‘raison d’être’, and your motivation for your recovery journey. This helps you work out what you want, most importantly why you want it, and what could be stopping you, before we create a plan of action together.