At Lighthouse Recovery we offer comprehensive, customized treatment programs that take things one step at a time. In our IOP Dallas programs a Recovery Coach serves as another part of the support system. It’s additional resources like this that make IOP recovery in Dallas possible for more people.
The Role of a Recovery Coach
A Recovery Coach is an IOP behavioral health specialist that is assigned to work one-on-one with clients who are in recovery. An IOP Recovery Coach is someone who has received formal training and has gone through recovery themselves.
The role of a Recovery Coach is very dynamic. There is no set timeline or steps to follow with every client. They provide highly personalized assistance based on the needs, goals and motivation of the client.
The Primary Purpose of a Recovery Coach
A Recovery Coach helps a client early in recovery in many ways. They serve as a guide that helps a client navigate their newfound recovery and stay the course. Recovery Coaches serve two vital purposes. They are the point of contact for a client in recovery and they are an accountability partner.
Point of Contact
Once a client is done with treatment at a medical facility or is in an Intensive Outpatient Program, their Recovery Coach will serve as their point of contact. IOP behavioral health is one thing that is discussed on a regular weekly basis in the Lighthouse IOP programs. The client will communicate primarily with the Recovery Coach who can help relay information to others. For example, the Recovery Coach can help ensure whatever a mental health therapist recommends gets incorporated into the outpatient activities. They can also help the client communicate their goals to family members, employers and partners.
A Recovery Coach will discuss goals with a client. In doing so, the Recovery Coach becomes an accountability partner that will help the client celebrate their wins, bounce back if they misstep and keep on the track to recovery. Defining and sharing goals is an extremely important part of recovery, and having an accountability partner increases the odds of success.
When to Work With a Recovery Coach
Typically, a client will work with a Recovery Coach in their first year of sobriety when they are transitioning from an inpatient treatment program or Sober Living Home. This is a decision that will be discussed with treatment facilitators who can help determine when the assistance of a Recovery Coach will be most beneficial.
Who Can Work With a Recovery Coach
We always take IOP recovery in Dallas on a case-by-case basis. Oftentimes, having a Recovery Coach is highly beneficial for clients that are healthy enough to be in an Intensive Outpatient Program. Of course, not all programs utilize Recovery Coaches, so the program itself is a factor as well.
It’s also important to know that Recovery Coaches don’t just work with individuals who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. They can also work with family members and closer friends of someone in recovery. Recovery Coaches help loved ones better understand what the client is going through, how they can help in the recovery effort and how to set boundaries for their own wellbeing. The coach can also help families so that the client isn’t solely relying on them during the recovery phase.
If you are interested in learning more about the Lighthouse Intensive Outpatient Program in Dallas, TX we’re happy to answer your questions or schedule a consultation.