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If you are new to recovery, you may be wondering what happens now that you are done with treatment. Having a connection with someone who has gone through the process already can be a great comfort.

You have worked incredibly hard to face your addiction and take on your challenges. Recovery can be a scary time because you probably desperately want to make the right choices to maintain your sobriety and reach your goals. That can create a lot of pressure. However, you can reach out to a recovery coach.

A recovery coach is a personal guide and mentor for people entering recovery. These coaches are typically in recovery themselves and have personally faced the challenges of recovery. Having a recovery coach can be very beneficial to you as you begin your recovery journey. Here are a few of the benefits you can expect.

#1. Holds You Responsible 

A recovery coach will hold you responsible. While it is your responsibility to learn to hold yourself accountable, we can all use help sometimes.

Your recovery coach will know when you should be doing certain things, such as therapy or work. They will probably learn what your daily schedule looks like and then notice if it seems to change. You will likely receive phone calls, texts, or emails checking in to see if you have finished what you planned to complete.

A recovery coach may also accompany you to specific meetings or appointments if that is something you could benefit from. Remember, recovery coaches, are there to help you through your recovery. Your recovery coach will tailor their support to fit your specific needs.

#2. Helps With Transitions 

The transition from treatment back into mainstream society can be challenging. Learning to go back to your old life, yet with an entirely new lifestyle, can be tricky. This transition takes time and effort, and often a little guidance helps make the process easier.

You may also be starting school, a new job, or moving. These are all significant transitions. Change can feel stressful and scary. Sometimes connecting with someone who has had similar experiences can help to relieve some of that stress and worry. They can explain to you what did and did not work for them.

When you were in treatment, you learned many skills and tools to work through challenging or stressful situations. You practiced and talked with your therapist and probably felt very confident. However, it is very normal to feel nervous about actually using those skills and facing temptation once back living in society. Utilize the experience of your recovery coach to make all of those transitions and changes less scary and stressful.

#3. Works With You to Prevent Relapse 

Relapse is something you probably talked a lot about in treatment. It is perhaps something that makes you nervous and scared. You worked extremely hard to get through your addiction and reach a sober lifestyle. You want to make all the right choices. This is where your recovery coach steps in to offer guidance and support.

Everything your coach does is to help prevent relapse. Checking in with you, spending time with you, helping you transition, and helping you find activities that benefit your lifestyle are all in the name of helping you reach your goals and maintain your sobriety.

Life gets busy. It can become easy to slip back into old routines. You may find yourself going to therapy less. All of the skills you learned in treatment need to be remembered and utilized.

When we get busy and stuck in day-to-day life, it can be easy to forget that we need to put some effort into our recovery to maintain our sobriety and ensure our safety. Your recovery coach is there to help point out if it looks like you are changing your routine or skipping valuable activities.

#4. Supports Family Members 

Your recovery coach can provide highly beneficial support for you as you journey through recovery. They can also be a tremendous support for your loved ones.

Your addiction impacted everyone. Your loved ones may not be very clear as to what to expect from your recovery or what they should do to help. They may even be extremely anxious or worried about you. Addiction is frightening, and they probably still worry about you all the time.

Luckily, this is when your recovery coach can also be a support for them. Your coach can explain what to expect and how you are doing, provided that doing so is okay with you.

There are many benefits to having a recovery coach in your life. Recovery is a lifelong process that is filled with challenges and rewards. As you grow as a person and in your sobriety, your recovery will change along with you. At times you will find having support from someone like a recovery coach can be very comforting and beneficial. A recovery coach can help you avoid relapse. They can help you make transitions and hold you accountable because they have gone through recovery and similar situations. Here at The Guest House, we understand that recovery can be difficult, and you may not fully know what to do or who to turn to. We are here to help. We have extensive experience supporting people through a long-term recovery plan. We can help set you up for success and to reach your goals. Call us today to learn more about how we can support you at (855) 483-7800.