What is a sober companion? There are two fundamental types of sober companionship which depend on whether or not you are in a quality substance abuse recovery facility.
Types of sober companions:
- Substance abuse counselors
- Self-help group sponsors
Essentially, the distinction between the two types of sober companions is a matter of qualification and location. Substance abuse counselors are professionals trained and certified in addiction recovery counseling. On the other hand, self-help group sponsors are elective relationships found in organizations like AA and or NA between an experience recoverer and a newly sober person.
Substance Abuse Counselors
Qualified, experienced and often themselves-recovering professional counselors make for the best sober companions who tailor your recovery to your needs.
Substance abuse counselors are qualified, experienced professional counselors found in addiction treatment centers that aid in healing addiction. These sober companions tailor your rehab experience to you and your recovery process to meet your individual needs.
At Royal Life Centers, most of our counselors have personal recovery experience alongside their professional experience. This allows for the empathy and relatability necessary for a powerful sober companion connection. Each counselor has an expansive knowledge of addiction and recovery, ensuring that all questions are answered and each doubt is soothed. Without our facilities, counselors are skilled in communication and integration, using person-to-person issues as learning experiences for our guests at large.
In order to instill facility-wide responsibility and accountability, we perform random, supervised urine drug screens at all of our rehabs and offsite administrative offices for staff and guests. We believe it is vital to ensure that all of our employees are clean and sober. This is especially important as many of our staff members are in recovery themselves. Our company policies reflect our mission to help and heal those in our care as well as those who work with us. As a result, our guests can trust that their sober companions incorporate their recovery advice into their own personal recoveries and lives.
Sober Companions Keep You Focused on the Solution
The biggest obstacle to recovery is often the anhedonia or boredom, the accompanies early sobriety. Anhedonia is the inability to experience pleasure and is a common symptom following a drug and alcohol addiction. In addition, people in early recovery also experience an attention deficit, making it difficult to focus on recovery.
Unfortunately, people struggle to stay abstinent during the early stages of recovery due to the lack of focus and inability to feel pleasure caused by their addiction. Without a knowledgeable sober companion to guide you through difficult periods within your recovery, the potential for relapse increases exponentially.
The mental handicap associated with addiction recovery is one of the main reasons why sober companions are vital to the recovery process. In a time when you need total focus and determination, sober companions provide you with guidance, structure, and a clear path toward your recovery goals. It is important to note, a sober companion will not dictate how you will build your newly sober life. Instead, they take your aspirations and reflect them back onto you when you need a reminder of why you chose to recover.
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.
Sober Companions Offer Real-Time Support
Sober companions act as your recovery coach. Like a typical coach, sober companions embody your game plan for recovery. In doing so, they help you develop relapse prevention skills, recovery maintenance skills, life skills, all while building up your self-confidence.
A sober coach provides information and encouragement for people and families in order to combat drug addiction, alcoholism, and associated mental illness.
In reality, a recovery game plan is as good as the guest’s determination to execute it. However, having a sober companion by your side increases the probability of success.
By accepting the help of a trained professional, you allow for honest conversations regarding your addiction. Talking about the reasons behind your addiction can bring forth previously unimaginable healing and growth. It also enables the sober companion to provide critique regarding patterns and actions that are acted out unconsciously. Your relationship enables personal growth as you see an outside perspective on your actions. Recovery always benefits from open, honest communication. In fact, sober companions can make in-the-moment suggestions to better help your recovery following a triggering experience, which is far better than an after-the-fact conversation.
Sober Companions After Rehab
Here at Royal, we work to make each of our guest’s recovery last a life-time, that is why we encourage the continuation of recovery maintenance following our program. In fact, we provide transportation to and from sober meetings to get our guests acclimated and integrated into the Alcoholics Anonymus (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) community. As a result, our guests already have a solid sober community to grow in once they have completed treatment. Once you have left rehab and rejoined your community, you are more than welcome to find a sober companion in the form of a sponsor to strengthen your recovery.
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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.
Royal Life Centers provides the best quality of care, while extending our genuine hope and belief in each guest that steps into our facility. We strive to give each guest the most transformative recovery experience, not just because that’s what we do— but, Because We Care. We hope for each of our guests to rebuild happy, healthy, and meaningful lives in sobriety.