It is hard to know when someone close to you needs help with their addiction, but we must speak up. There are many signs that your loved one may have a substance abuse problem, and they might need the support of a sober coach. It is vital to encourage them to get help before things spiral out of control.
It is common to feel like you are the only one who sees and understands how serious addiction has become in your loved one’s life. It may be hard for them to admit they have a problem, but as their loved ones, it is important that we know when our help is needed most. This blog post will explore different signs of addiction and what you can do if you suspect that your loved one needs sober coaching services or other intervention from an addiction specialist. Additionally, if they do not want your advice or are being defensive about getting help, we can direct you to a place where you can ask for advice on how best to handle this delicate situation.
What to do once you notice the problem?
If you are reading this, the chances are that you have a loved one struggling with addiction. You might be wondering what it means to be an “enabler,” and how to stop enabling them. It may be hard to determine how much their behavior impacts the people around them and what could have triggered the addiction in the first place.
Some of the signs of substance use disorders are the following:
- Throwing away belongings
- Taking their money or spending on things they never cared about before
- Lying to you and other family members
- Becoming angry, withdrawn, sad, nervous when sober
- The inability to control how much alcohol is consumed in a given period (binge drinking, alcohol abuse)
- No longer engaging in hobbies or interests that they used to enjoy
- Inability to keep up at work or school, and getting fired from jobs
- Not caring about their weight or hygiene anymore
- Getting into legal trouble more often than usual
- Using alcohol or other substances when feeling stressed or anxious
However, this still does not certainly mean that your loved one is an addict; more factors should be considered. Nevertheless, the best way to address these questions is by seeking professional help from a substance abuse counselor, as they will know more about these topics than anyone else.
If you do not want to ask for help or if your loved one refuses treatment, there are still things you can do, which include hiring a sober coach who will keep them accountable for their actions and provide support throughout the long-term recovery process.
How can sober coaches help?
Do you feel like your loved one is stuck in a cycle of addiction, and it’s not getting any better? You want to help them, but they don’t seem willing to change. Is there anything that can be done? There may be!
If you suspect that your loved one may be an addict, sober recovery coaches are a great way to help them. They will meet with the person and offer guidance on how to recover from addiction without being intrusive or judgmental.
A sober coach is an individual who is clean and sober themselves and works with addicts in recovery on a professional level. The goal of a sober coach is to help those struggling with sobriety stay focused on their recovery plan goals using alternative methods. For someone in early sobriety (a few months) to successfully maintain their sobriety, they must be engaged in treatment and support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. This can often mean long drives, difficult situations, and uncomfortable conversations, which are all things sober coaches can help with.
A sober coach can also assist the individual in developing a treatment plan to guide them through early sobriety that meets their needs and respects who they are as an individual. This is often done by taking recovery inventory, which consists of assessing how addiction has impacted one’s life up until this point. The sober person then develops their treatment program, which includes setting a personal goal for all stages of recovery.
A sober coach can also provide a sober peer’s perspective and understanding of alcohol or drug addiction. This is often helpful in achieving long-term sobriety for someone who has never been sober before or is developing their sobriety maintenance plan. Sober recovery coaches are different from therapists because they do not diagnose the person with addiction but rather help the person who has noticed their problem.
Sober coaches are often sober people who have had personal experience with addiction and the path to the recovery journey. They provide a sober person’s perspective on approaching sobriety because they have been through it themselves. This can be helpful for someone in early recovery and those who may not feel comfortable talking about their addiction with therapists or other people who have not gone through the experience themselves.
Coaches also help by providing sober people to socialize. It can be difficult for a person in the early stages of recovery from addiction or those trying to maintain their sobriety after a structured treatment experience in an addiction treatment center. This is because of the temptation of alcohol and drugs and because they may feel isolated from others due to addiction, keeping them away from friends who did not engage in similar activities.
Recovery coaches may also provide sober activities to participate in, such as sober groups or sober sports leagues. This helps with relapse prevention because the person is not feeling deprived and bored with their recovery journey and has a recovery community and recovery support network to count on for aid throughout all stages of recovery. One of the most important things a sober coach can do for someone they are coaching is creating an environment where it feels okay to talk about addiction without feeling judged or ashamed. That cements the sober coach-client relationship and creates a sense of trust.
Sober coaches are not addiction counselors, but they can help people identify why they may be at risk for relapse (such as feeling unsafe in public or craving substances), so they can find ways to address those feelings themselves instead.
If you need more information on this, The Right Way Recovery services offer counseling and are only a call away – contact them as soon as possible if you think your loved one may need aid with their addiction.