How much does a nationally certified sober companion make?

How much does a nationally certified sober companion make?

There are multiple answers for this question so let’s take a moment and dig into all the financial possibilities once you become a nationally certified sober companion.

First of all, let’s take a moment and re-address what exactly a sober companion does and what is expected if you were to become a nationally certified sober companion. Sober companions go to the client, or the struggling addict, in an attempt to get them clean and sober and keep them clean and sober. A sober companion is required to go where ever the client goes on a daily basis all the while giving him tools and skills to battle the deadly cycle of addiction on a moment by moment basis. Having said that, we will speak on the pay scales of Dr. Cali Estes and The Addictions Academy and The Addictions Coach.

Dr. Estes’ sober companions average $125 an hour but the possibilities go way beyond this rate. I can tell you from experience, being the author of this blog and a certified sober companion of The Addictions Coach that I have made well above $125 an hour. I was sent, by Dr. Estes, on a seven-day cruise to accompany a client who was battling alcoholism and feared that being out on the open water at a party at this fear may be detrimental to his sobriety and made $10,000 for the seven days. That was very intensive, around the clock treatment and supervision and the pay reflected this.

I also was sent to Colorado by Dr. Estes to help a struggling alcoholic But I was only required to meet with him seven days a week but only three hours a day. The duration of this recovery based treatment was 60 days and I was also paid $13,000. So as you can see, it is very financially gratifying as well as emotionally gratifying to help those in need. Our success rate and sobriety rate is well over 85% and the numbers keep climbing!

Our next sober companion certification course is right around the corner! We have a live classroom setting for those of you who feel more comfortable and the old-school way of education or we have the New Age virtual classroom where you can take the course from the comfort of your own home.

Call us today at 1-800-706-0318 for information regarding our nationally certified sober companion class!

What is an interventionist?

What is an interventionist?

An interventionist is a person that helps an active drug or alcohol user go from active use to getting help. The help could be inpatient treatment, it can be detox, it can be partial hospitalization plan (PHP), or intensive outpatient (IOP). The objective behind the interventionist is to intervene on the bad behavior and the bad situation. That’s what an interventionist does.

There are two levels of interventionist, there is intervention professional, and Advanced Clinical Intervention Professional. Both are offered at The Addictions Academy, with advanced clinical intervention being the longer course. Both intervention professional programs contain case management, ethics training and 10 weeks of clinical supervision to help the student understand how to actually do an intervention in the field. All exams and credentials are included in the 36 hour and 54 hour training programs.

What is a peer recovery specialist?

What is a peer recovery specialist?

A peer recovery specialist is not a peer recovery coach and is not a professional recovery coach. A peer recovery specialist is a designation that is given at the state level, that means each state has a very unique training program and platform for recovery specialist. Check with your state to see if they offer this and you need to take the training and the exam at the state level there is no national designation for a recovery specialist. A recovery specialist also operates as a case manager in a sense that they set up appointments, and help the person get their life organized, however they are not a coach or coaching in any capacity. Most work in the aftercare department of a treatment center and offer services such as helping to find a doctor or therapist and setting up sober living environments. This is more case management and not any coaching.

What is a peer recovery coach?

What is a peer recovery coach?

A peer recovery coach is a recovery coach that usually works on a peer-to-peer level. With very limited training, they have been called ‘paid sponsors’ or ‘paid babysitters’ that helps another peer recover from a specific issue. The main issue is the low-level training and high level of stress. A lot of peer recovery coaches do work in the hospital and will help people go from using and almost overdosing to getting into treatment. They’re very different than a professional recovery coach that has a higher level of training and hours of supervision. Most peer recovery coaches will work for treatment centers or state level and make between $15 and $75 per hour. Professional coaches usually work on their own and make $125 to $350 per hour.

How do I become a recovery coach?

How do I become a recovery coach?

You can become a recovery coach in one of many different ways. You can look for an online school or an in-person School. The Addictions Academy is the largest online school for virtual classroom training and live training in 23 countries, 5 languages with 20-plus faculty numbers at over 40 classes. They can help you become a certified professional recovery coach because they offer level 1 and level 2. Nationally Certified Recovery Coach Level 1 consists of the 11 core competencies of coaching, st forth by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and it consists of adding in life skills coping skills and defense mechanisms.

Level 2 is the mental health side. It teaches the DSM 5 which is the manual for diagnostic criteria and also shows you which drugs are given for mental health issues. Level 1 and level 2 are offered together with ethics at the addictions academy, along with 10 weeks of clinical supervision for a full 36-hour intensive program that lasts 10-weeks or professional coaching. This is different than peer recovery coaching which is a 20-40 our program done in 5 days in a row with no additional supervision or ongoing education.

We also offer all manuals, workbooks and credentials in flat fee.

What does a Recovery Coach get paid?

What does a Recovery Coach get paid?

The pay scale for recovery coaching is extremely broad. Recovery coaches make between $125 and $375 an hour. It is extremely hard to dictate exactly what a recovery coach makes but companies that we are familiar with also bill by the job. For example, it is not uncommon for a client to pay $15000 for six weeks worth of in home coaching or $10000 for 60 days of coaching that consists of three days a week and five hours a session. Peer recovery coaches may make $25 to $75 per hour and work more in a crisis setting and on demand, especially in a hospital to transport to a treatment center in crisis.

How does a Recovery Coach work?

How does a Recovery Coach work?

A recovery coach works in a different number of ways. First and foremost, a recovery coach is paired with their client by using similarities in their belief system for recovery treatment. Some recovery coaches may be 12 step based and some may be based on the belief of harm reduction and every method in between. A recovery coach also is paired with a client based on their strengths, hobbies and also their social abilities. After the recovery coach is paired with the client an assessment is made by the coach to see how intense the coaching needs to be. This scale can be as little coaching as phone and skype sessions daily all the way to 24 hours a day around the clock live in coaching. And depending on the method of recovery based treatment implemented a daily schedule is put into place and the coaching begins. The basic goal of daily recovery coaching is to get the client through the day keeping their sobriety intact. We here at The Addictions Coach have sent recovery coaches on cruises, to movie sets, on rock n roll tours, and to professional sporting events. Recovery coaches work hourly, by the day, by the event and also performance-based salary.

What is a Recovery Coach?

What is a Recovery Coach?

A recovery coach, also known as a sober coach is a generic term that covers many different roles. A recovery coach provides invaluable support for people who are struggling through their compulsive, obsessive and destructive behaviors fueled by the cycle of addiction. A recovery coach helps a client make smart choices and healthy decisions, with the number one priority being not drinking or using drugs and keeping complete sobriety in tack. Recovery coaches focus on the “here and now” with their clients as opposed to the “past trauma” that counselors focus on. Clients are usually carefully paired with a sober coach by similar tastes, hobbies and preferred beliefs in treatment procedures. Recovery coaches are not clinical but more ‘boots on the ground’ support. The term was coined in the 1970’s when Aerosmith went on tour and was not able to stay sober. At The Addictions Academy we offer recovery coach training and certifications.

Can addiction ever be cured?

Can addiction ever be cured?

Currently, there is no cure for addiction. There is a huge debate over it being a physical, mental, or spiritual problem. Many clinicians are even arguing over it being a disease or more of a social issue or even a coping mechanism. If you look at the Gabor Mate, in his work he claims addiction comes from trauma. If you heal the trauma you heal the addiction. If you look at Ken Blum’s work, he claims that there is a reward deficiency syndrome in the brain and if you fix that by using brain supplements and neurotransmitters you then heal the brain.

Other experts claim that you need spirituality and things like 12 step programs where you give up your power to heal and fix the issues in your life using spiritual principals.

Several treatment centers have promised a cure for addiction but have yet to deliver on that promise. So at this time, there is no cure for addiction even though there may be a vaccine against it or some big Pharma medication to manage it there truly is no cure.

Can addiction run in the family?

Can addiction run in the family?

Addiction can absolutely run in the family. Claudia Black offers a good explanation of how this works. Sometimes if the addict is the father, for example, there might be a son or a daughter that’s desiring the father’s attention and may turn to drugs and alcohol just like the father to get their attention. If you follow Claudia’s work, this is usually the Scapegoat in the family that becomes the next addict in the hierarchy.

You can also see if you follow the disease process model that they say addiction is genetic and therefore it will be passed down through several generations. At the Addictions ACADEMY, we offer a full class in family coaching which talks about the codependency enabling issues that a family has and how to successfully treat those. At the Addictions Coach, we do offer a family coaching and ways to overcome the family dynamic and combat the drug and alcohol issues that plague the family.