Life Coaching has exploded as a popular way for individuals to create the life of their dreams. Whether you want to write the great American novel, increase your income from 6 to 7 figures, or meet your soul mate, there are coaches ready and willing to help. Olympic athletes use coaches. Successful CEO’s have used coaches for quite some time. Entrepreneurs use coaches. Coaching tools can also be beneficial to those in recovery. One important thing to understand is that coaching is not therapy. In therapy the patient is needing to get well and the therapist is the expert guiding that road. The therapeutic process can often be focused in resolving wounds from the past. Therapy is a beneficial support for anyone dealing with anything difficult from their past. This may include incest, emotional abuse, an abusive relationship, or simply drug or alcohol addiction. Coaching, in contrast, is future focused. It’s a partnership that looks at where you are now, where you want to go, and what needs to happen to close the gap between those two. If you are new in recovery, therapy is a more appropriate match for professional support. Individuals with under a year of continuous sobriety are not good candidates for coaching. The first year of recovery the focus needs to be on getting well, learning to live one day at a time without substances. There is time for coaching later. Some people new in recovery feel an overwhelming sense of joy and freedom. Life was so bleak for so many years and now suddenly there is possibility everywhere. The college degree you always wanted is now possible. Having a steady job is now possible. Owning a home is now possible. It’s not unusual for those in this joyous state of early recovery to attempt to build a foundation for their life on sand. As you recall from childhood, homes or castles built on sand crumble. One wave and in an instant that beautiful creation crumbles. In recovery the most important gift you can give yourself is a solid foundation to stand on and to create your life from. This means seeking treatment, addressing any underlying emotional or health issues, and learning to live life one day at a time first. When you’ve done that work and have a least one year of continuous sobriety coaching can be a great resource at that time. First things first.
Life coaching skills can help you write a new story in your life. Change your story, change your life. That is our philosophy at Oceanfront Recovery, a men’s addiction treatment center offering long term residential treatment. Call us today for information on our programs for men and exclusive executive tracks: 877.279.1777