Sober companions come in 2 fundamental varieties depending on whether or not you are in a quality substance abuse recovery facility, and they are:
- Residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, or aftercare substance abuse counselors
- Self-help group sponsors
Substance Abuse Counselors
Qualified, experienced and often themselves-recovering professional counselors make for the best sober companions who tailor your recovery to your needs. Most of our counselors have both personal experience and professional experience navigating recovery’s often rugged and hazardous terrain. Also, because they are counselors, each counselor has an expansive toolbox they use to troubleshoot any particular issues that may pop-up in the moment and can convey helpful information in a simple fashion to other members on each patient’s treatment team.
We practice what our recovery programs preach regarding not only our counselors, but also all our staff: Random unannounced supervised comprehensive urine drug screens all around the rehabs and offsite administrative offices. We like to make certain that all of our employees are clean and sober, especially since most of our staff members are in recovery themselves. Now that is a distinct mark of excellence, and sober companions that you can trust are incorporating what they advise you, into their own personal recoveries and lives.
Sober Companions Keep You Focused on the Solution
The biggest obstacle to recovery is most definitely attention deficit.
If you can’t focus on the road map to recovery, you’re going to get lost.
This is paradoxical and part of the reason you kept using; it’s because regardless of whether it’s a burger and fries, caffeine, vaping, tobacco chew, beer, weed, meth, or fentanyl:
- They all increase dopamine and temporarily re-enable you to focus,
- then your dopamine levels begin to tumble as attention deficit re-emerges, which is characterized by “hunger” = “craving” for more highly oxidized foods such as pizza or mac & cheese, alcohol or drug, and
- hence, the crazy focused/not-focused cycle that fuels all addictions, behavioral or otherwise.
The ever present attention-deficit-handicap associated with addiction recovery is one of the main reasons why a recovery program without a sober companion is like hunting for a hidden bunch of gold bars without a treasure map. Like a Seeing Eye dog, your sober companion helps keeps you on track when your attention deficit kicks-in and is therefore a must to staying sober, managing associated self-defeating behaviors, medication-assistance, etc. Your sober companion does not tell you how to build a life.
We believe sculpting a life is your ultimate artistic endeavor.
Our sober companions help our patients find purpose, passion, and community so that they are able to go from surviving and managing substance abuse to thriving and living. Many relapses and treatments do not need to be the case with attentive interactions between patient and sober companion.
Addiction is a Family Illness
Each of us does not live in complete isolation. Family and friends are often affected by their loved one who is battling with addiction, and its associated constellations of self-destructive behaviors.
We work with significant others to provide skills and support in order to facilitate their own growth and healing.
Sober Companions Offer Real-Time Support
A soccer coach can post the game plan, help you develop necessary skills, and then permit you on the field, but they’re also on the field yelling out reminders of what you learned in the precise moment you need a particular skill.
This is what a sober coach provides for people and families in combat with drug addiction, alcoholism and associated cognitive and behavioral anomalies.
The recovery game plan is as good as the guest’s ability to execute it. Having a sober companion by your side increases the probability of success. It also enables the sober companion to provide critique regarding patterns and actions that are acted out unconsciously and suggest corrections in the moment instead of relying on a patient’s recall and ability to remember at a later date.
We do not believe recovery-sensitive therapy, or programs need to be life-long.
We strive to identify and connect each patient to support systems outside of our treatment facilities that they can use after we complete our work together. These include church communities, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Families Anonymous, or other experienced entities that can provide support.
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out”
– Robert Collier
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Royal Life Centers is one of the leading providers of addiction treatment in the nation. We strive to set ourselves apart from other treatment centers by providing not only the highest level of care, but also diverse programs and amenities. Our staff work around the clock to ensure the best possible chance of success in a safe and constructive environment. We pride ourselves on providing exemplary, quality addiction treatment and exceptional care.
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