Addiction Recovery Coaching

“It’s about you. It’s about now.”

Addiction Recovery Coaching is very different to other treatment programmes. It’s more personal, yet it’s not about heavy counselling sessions or about digging up pain from the past. It’s a one-on-one interaction which focuses on the now. It’s about how you can take practical steps now to beat your addiction and build a better life.

Your own personal recovery coach

You will work with your own personal recovery coach. Someone you can build a trusting relationship with. Your coach not only has the training to help you get the best out of your recovery process, but is also an addiction-treatment professional – some of whom are in recovery themselves. They understand where you are coming from and never judge. Your coach will actively support you in your recovery; through coaching sessions held from the SHARP Treatment Centre, over the telephone or at a location that suits both you and the coach. This can be at your office, home or wherever you both agree to meet.

Understanding addiction

What we know for sure is that we get into drugs and alcohol and other forms of addiction because they make us feel better. While it can be a form of escape, it’s also simply about getting high. Eventually though the thing that makes us feel good starts to create problems, and that’s not so good. Sometimes we can fight the urge to get a high for a time, but we also have to deal with what’s going on in our heads and the emptiness that comes with the thought of never using again.

It’s your life

There’s only one person who really knows what you need in your life to move on from your addiction, and that’s you. Coaching helps you take your power back, so that you can take full charge of yourself and your recovery. Your coach is simply there to motivate you, to support you, and to teach you techniques that will help you get beyond your cravings, addictive impulses and troubled-thinking patterns. You’re in the driving seat, but your coach is beside you, with every challenge you face along the way.

The coaching session

Each coaching session lasts for about 90 minutes. Within each session about an hour is spent on coaching and another thirty minutes on visualization therapy. During coaching you will spend some time exploring addiction and what your triggers are, however the coaching sessions are mostly geared toward teaching present-moment awareness. By learning to always bring ourselves to the present we are able to still our minds and let go of addictive thinking. It gives us the space to manage powerful feelings of anxiety, fear, guilt, loss, anger, sadness and even boredom. Feelings which often lead to our addictive behaviours in the first place. This transformation practice has brought people a sense of peace and fulfillment never experienced before.

Stop thinking and start living

Present moment awareness has helped many people overcome their addictions and transform their lives. Basically it’s a state of acute alertness, which helps you stop thinking. And this is a very effective way of managing cravings. While cravings can be physical, much of the problem is what goes on in your head, thoughts along the lines of ‘just one won’t make a difference’ or ‘I don’t have a problem’ and so on. When you learn to stop thinking, you quickly discover how much of your thinking actually hurts. Thoughts about the past can bring up powerful feelings of shame, loss, anger and so on. And thinking about the future can create anxiety. Very often these feelings drive addictive behaviour. Learning to be more present helps to release use from negative thinking and painful feelings. Presence is also about gaining appreciation of the ordinary things. Gradually and with practice, your life will become rich and full of ordinary things; like being with people you care about, being in nature, enjoying good food, and a million other things that are there for the taking when we are open to the moment. You may even find that these ‘ordinary’ things provide the high that you’ve really been looking for all along.

Visualisation therapy

Visualisation therapy aids this transformation. It’s an effective tool to changing the way we see ourselves, in transforming our deeply ingrained self image as addicts or victims and so on. Visualisation can help you deal with cravings, by desensitising you to them, it can also be used to picture positive situations and to practice refusal scenarios.

On a neurological level, you can actually change your brain chemistry and function. If you think about it, this is what you have been trying to do with drinking, drugs and other addictive behaviour in the first place. There was some need that drove you to this. Visualisation is a way of getting to this need and bringing about feelings of calm and wholeness. Through visualisation the right side of the brain, the centre of our creativity and emotions, is stimulated. The brain switches to a lower frequency, sending out calm alpha and theta brain waves, and feel-good neurochemicals such as dopamine, which are depleted through drug use, are released.

Visualisation therapy is increasingly being used in many areas, from professional sport to executive boardrooms, and it can help you in your recovery. It can help you manage underlying emotional distress, trauma and depression, and bring about physical, emotional and mental health, and personal growth.

Coaching is flexible and tailored to your needs

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to the duration or frequency of coaching. What works, is coaching for about a three to nine-month period, starting off with a two-hour discovery session, usually followed by a weekly meeting for the first few weeks, tapering off as you grow more confident in yourself and your recovery, as well as the techniques you are learning. Between sessions you have the option to stay in regular contact with your coach over the phone and there are exercises for you to do at home. Towards the end of the coaching programme you will probably only be meeting with your coach about once a month. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow or how often this process happens, it’s about what your needs are at the time.

Addiction Recovery Coaching within the corporate environment

The issue of addiction within the workplace can be a difficult one. There is the potential disruption to the environment and it can also be extremely difficult for the recovering addict to reintegrate within the workplace.

Addiction Recovery Coaching offers a positive approach and way forward. Coaching can help co-workers understand the challenges of addiction and assist in restoring trust and cooperation. Addiction is an issue that needs to be handled sensitively, the rights of both the employee and employer need to be protected.

The aim is to assist the addict in his or her recovery and, at the same time, restore a cooperative and functional work environment, so the company can move forward in achieving their goals together as a group.

Should you be faced with an issue, please contact SHARP. We can then ascertain the best approach for you, whether it be in group sessions or with a group leader. Sessions can be held at the offices or at any other specified location. The approach is sensitive and tailored to your present needs.