Treatment Vs. Dogma
There is not a single, guaranteed way to achieve ongoing abstinence from alcohol or drugs. The most popular method for those seeking recovery is the 12-Step group. The most widely-known of these are Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Gambler's Anonymous, Sex Addicts Anonymous, and Debtor's Anonymous. In fact, there many, many more - if you have an obsessive-compulsive streak, there is a 12-Step group for you.
The 12 Steps have become ubiquitous not only in addiction recovery, but also in the national consciousness. In fact, Sober Companions and Sober Coaches often are asked to accompany their clients to these meetings.
A Sober Coach may have recovered from active addiction in 12-Step meetings. He might credit a 12-Step group for his continued abstinence. That's fine for the individual coach, but our clients’ needs are our priority - not our individual recovery trajectories.
Discovering and satisfying our clients' needs is what we do - not converting an unwilling client into a 12-Stepper.
Anyone can attend a 12-Step meeting, which means just about everyone does, at least a few times. If you don't feel the 12 Steps are for you, then a Sober Coach can help you determine the most effective ways for you to maintain your abstinence.
In fact, here's a bit of advice: if a Sober Coach begins his or her relationship with you by demanding that you attend meetings in a 12-Step group, you probably should end that relationship immediately. There are some sober companions in this field who represent themselves as professionals, but who really just want to get you into meetings so you take up less of their time.
The best way for a Sober Coach to initiate a relationship with his/her client is to listen. We evaluate your reasons for wanting to be abstinent from drugs & alcohol, we completely avoid any negative judgments about your path, and we craft a treatment plan designed to meet your needs and your inclinations.
There are many roads to recovery and having a good life. A good Sober Coach will help you find alternatives to 12-step programs if you do not feel comfortable there. We assist you in developing your own support system from the local or online community, co-workers, similarly inclined artists, family, or religion. It’s important to have a Sober Companion who honors your choices and path. Sober Coaching will help you identify and live the life you want on your own terms.
If you want to attend 12 Step meetings, a Sober Coach or Sober Companion will help you find the best ones out there, and we can introduce you to some of the finest folks in the meetings.
Our goal is not to convert anyone to any one way of thinking about use or abuse.
Our goal is not to pretend to analyze you or read your mind.
Our goal is not to judge your reason(s) for wanting to stay away from drugs or alcohol.
The Sober Companion from Sober Champion has but goal in mind: to help you stay away from drinking and drugging, one day at a time, no matter what.
Call us for more information at (800) 897-7590.