Finding the Right Sober Companion
Sober companions, or sober coaches as they are sometimes called, are a relatively new yet well-known tool for people in early recovery. Unfortunately the people in this profession aren’t usually painted in the most positive light. Sober companions are often viewed as a crutch for people who don’t want to go into a traditional treatment center or who apparently can’t handle the outside world. Most people think that sober companions are just for celebrities or people who want to throw money at their problems. And while it’s true that these professionals are paid for their services, can’t the same be said for people who work in inpatient treatment or even therapists and counselors?
So it’s time we got some facts straight about what a sober companion is and who they can potentially help. As the title probably implies, a sober companion’s job is to accompany their client wherever and whenever they are needed and act as a physical and emotional support system for maintaining sobriety. For many people in early recovery, the most difficult moments are when they feel bored or lonely. So it might sound like a small thing but just having someone to keep them company can do many individuals a world of good.
Additionally, most sober companions are in recovery themselves so they can help their clients become familiar with 12-step meetings or even introduce them to other people who are sober. Many of them are trained in relapse prevention or dealing with clients who have multiple mental health issues. They can help pull people from the depths of addiction or even do something as innocuous as go along on a business trip.
We should also realize that there are many different ways to get sober. Not everyone excels in a traditional inpatient program. Others have a history of relapsing after returning home and many more can’t go into treatment because of work or family obligations. Sober companions are ideal for any of these situations. Because every person’s addiction is unique, their process of recovery must also be tailor-made. Most people realize that the best way to have longterm recovery is to have a longterm connection with people in recovery. This is what sober companions offer. They’re not hired to babysit or to slap a crack pipe out of someone’s hand. Their number one role is to act as a sobriety support system while people learn to readjust to a world they are not used to experiencing sober.
Everyone needs support to get sober and there is no one way to do it right.