Sobriety has a beautiful way of opening your life up to positive relationships that help you focus on living a healthier lifestyle. Those days of feeling alone with your addiction end the moment that you reach out for help and begin building a sober support system. A sober companion and a sober coach are two types of people you’ll meet along your journey towards sobriety. It’s common for people to ask about the differences between the two. Although they each provide the support that prevents relapse or helps you get back on track after one, they play very different roles. Taking a look at each type of support person helps you see how they can benefit your recovery.
What Challenges Could I Encounter With Sober Living?
After professional treatment, the transition into sober life is often fraught with unexpected challenges. Going back to work might mean accepting the need to go on business trips that are sometimes filled with lonely nights or an invite to meet up for drinks with your colleagues or clients at the bar. Holidays and birthdays could leave you tempted to drink or do drugs if they tend to be present at your family and friends’ events. Even sitting at home alone and feeling bored could trigger cravings that you may need help from a member of your support team to overcome.
What Does a Sober Companion Do?
If you ever wished that you had a friend that fully understands what addiction recovery means, this is the type of person you’ve been looking for. A sober companion is exactly that. They can stay with you 24/7 to make sure that you never have a moment where you fall prey to temptation. Unlike a typical friend that you meet in your everyday life, these companions are trained in crisis and relapse prevention strategies. They’re also familiar with the coping skills that you learn in treatment and can remind you to use them when you encounter a stressful moment. You can take a companion anywhere from a family wedding to a business trip, and you can trust that they’ll serve in their role with complete discretion. You’ll know that they’re there to provide addiction recovery support, but everyone else will think they’re just a good friend.
How Is a Sober Coach Different From a Companion?
A sober coach offers one-on-one mentoring to people who may not need the 24-hour support provided by a companion. Coaches also undergo serious training to help you create short and long-term goals for your sober lifestyle. Like companions, you’ll find some sober coaches who have completed their own recovery journey and maintained sobriety for years, or someone may choose to be a coach out of the desire to help people live their best lives. How you connect with your coach is typically up to you and their options. While a companion will physically be by your side as long as you need, you might connect with a sober coach once a day or a few times a week.
What Can You Talk About During Sober Coaching?
A typical first-time coaching session usually lets your coach get to know you and your needs. You can talk to them about anything you want from this very first meeting. You might want to talk about a recent challenge that you encountered with staying sober to reinforce how you decided to avoid giving in to temptation. You can also rely on your coach to help you manage situations that come with living sober such as figuring out the best way to handle a relationship conflict or work challenge.
Which One Is Best for Addiction Recovery?
Your needs throughout your sober life may vary, and the correct support type can change as you make progress with your recovery. You might prefer a companion when taking your first tentative steps outside of your initial treatment program. Having them around night and day makes it easier to stay strong when you have a moment of weakness.
Sober coaching is an option that works with a companion or as a standalone type of support. Sober coaches can quickly help you continue working on the coping skills that you learn from your companion. They’ll serve as more of a mentor as you start to feel strong enough to begin weaning off of having constant support.
If you’re not sure what you need, that is perfectly normal, too. Talking to an addiction support specialist makes it easier to set up the services you need and find the right person to help make living sober easier.
Music City Interventions provides confidentiality, professionalism, and compassion to families and their loved ones impacted by alcoholism or addiction. Our companions, coaches, and other support team members make it their goal to work with our clients using discrete and loving interventions that ease the path towards long-term recovery.